No matter what your style is, if you’ve stood in front of an audience on your own, to talk about your work, you know what makes you feel more comfortable.
-This is how I roll-
Throughout the years, my guidelines to choose an outfit for a presentation have boiled down to two main rules:
1. Has to be something I feel 100% comfortable in (the last thing I want is to be distracted by my outfit);
2. Unless I will be using my outfit to make a point, it has to be very inconspicuous. Attentional resources are limited and I want my audience to be focusing on what I’m saying, not in what I’m wearing.
For me, this translates into something like this:
Some other things I have found throughout the years:
1. My hair has to be up – a braid, a ponytail, a knot – it doesn’t matter, as long as it is away from my ears! My face gets red otherwise. I may have performance anxiety, but I don’t want my audience to notice!
2. I have to be holding a pen/pencil.
3. More than training what I am going to say, I have to do mental imagery exercises of how I want to be in that moment: confident, articulate and not shaky!
And, because we’re on the topic of presentations, here’s a short video by Susan Weinschenk, PhD.
(First seen here)
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