Don’t Distract Me

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



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Great post! And so true. Not just for motivational speakers. But much of how people perceThisbe has nothing to do with our words.

  2. Truth! I try to rise above people’s image and focus on their message but at times it’s just too distracting. One time when I was listening to someone present a powerful point of view, all I could hear was her charm bracelet clinking and clacking as she gestured away to make her point. But it was a great lesson as now whenever I try on jewelry I move and listen. Only the sounds of silence may be purchased.


  3. Thanks Linda.  It’s so true.  As a motivational speaker, we are on stage and we want our message to be heard.  If we don’t pay attention to details like, uh, does our suit fit, than people notice and it can distract from our message.  I remember reading an evaluation of an attendee who commented on how my shoes weren’t shined and I was wearing a cheap plastic purple clip holding my hair up in place. She thought my sloppy dress wasn’t congruent with my message.  And you know what, she was right.  That day I didn’t put a lot of effort into my hair and accessories and it showed.  I still have issues with my hair!  I can’t wait till the day that wearing a hat is hot on stage!!!!

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