I. Getting it right
ps1-0. Introduction 1:07
ps1-1. Fearless public speaking 1:16
ps1-2. Remember why 1:41
ps1-3. Have something to say 1:54
ps1-4. Know your time limits 1:39
ps1-5. Research your topic 1:08
ps1-6. Write your introduction 1:37
ps1-7. The leave behind 0:42
ps1-8. Review 0:59
II. Preparing your speech
ps2-0. Introduction 2:04
ps2-1. Create your title 0:27
ps2-2. Start with your ending 0:36
ps2-3. Find your opening 0:28
ps2-4. Don’t memorize, outline 1:29
ps2-5. Show, don't just tell 0:28
ps2-6. Hands on training 0:28
ps2-7. Speaking, not just words 0:29
ps2-8. Review 1:30
III. Making your presentation
ps3-0. Introduction 1:03
ps3-1. Room setup 1:24
ps3-2. Schmooze your audience 1:30
ps3-3. Get the right light 2:04
ps3-4. Silence is loud 0:49
ps3-5. Gaze not glance 0:25
ps3-6. Dress for success 1:18
ps3-7. Review 0:58
IV. Course review
ps3-6. Dress for success
The impression you make, and the figure you cut, are all part of your presentation. And what you wear is a significant part of the first impression you give the audience.
Normally, this means dress up. In most situations, you want to look sharp and professional. Like you are a big success and you take this event and your audience seriously.
However, there are plenty of exceptions. The best advise is make what you wear part of encouraging your audience to be receptive to your message.
In the picture above, I was giving a workshop on the fear of public speaking. But instead of dressing up, I dressed down.
I did not want the audience to think I was some well-trained successful intimidating professional speaker.
It worked. Before the event, the audience had no idea I was the "expert" brought in to speak. I was just a regular shmo.
When I got up to speak, they were already comfortable enough to forget their fear and give a speech among friends - without notes or preparation.
"How can you feel intimidated by a guy dressed like that?" one said.
If you have a public speaking event or presentation scheduled, now is a good time to test out what you will wear.
And if you do not have an event scheduled, imagine who might be an audience and what would make the best look for your presentation. Your look should be planned and go with the expectations of the audience.
As we have seen, a surprise of that expectation might help you. Let's try a dress rehearsal of a speech you have been working on.
So go up to two minutes if you have already practiced the material. If not, stick with the one to two minutes if you feel more comfortable.