You don’t have to be a motivational speaker to want people to listen to you when you talk, to take you seriously and consider the value of your information. But if absolutely everything you do or say, and how you do or say it, is part of your message, then here’s my question: Does everything about you – your posture, clothing, hair, and makeup (if you are a woman) SUPPORT your message, or DETRACT from it?
I watched a woman speak in front of a small audience recently. And while her information was actually quite good, I became fixated on what she was wearing. It was a stretchy, knit, clingy dress that hugged her in all the wrong places. She had somehow clipped her microphone battery pack UNDER her dress ONTO her panties, creating this enormous square lump just above her butt.
And while I genuinely believe that fabulous women come in ALL shapes and sizes, I also believe that those of us on the slightly larger size, don’t need to wear what amounts to the dress version of a uni-tard in a business environment. How many fat rolls I have between my boobs and my butt are nobody’s business but my own.
Here’s the bottom line. When I am endeavoring to present myself as a credible, professional woman, I need to make certain that what I am wearing doesn’t distract from my message. All that woman had to do was add a stylish, comfortable, tailored jacket over her dress and it would have made all the difference in the world. It could have reflected her personal style and been anything from young and funky to conservative and understated. And it would have insured that all of us in her audience would have been riveted to the right stuff – what she was saying.
From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who LOVES a good jacket