Professional speakers need skills to work an audience.
Many of the 17 skills I am writing about probably come naturally to the professional. Even so, Carl Lewis had to train despite having the raw talent that he did. We need to work to really sharpen our skills.
I am a slob. Maybe by choice. But, no doubt, it comes naturally to me.
Related; 17 Skills the Professional Speaker Needs to Work and Audience | Introduction
I don’t mean I am dirty. I do mean dressing up is not something that I like to do. Suits, ties, tuxedos and such. Not my thing. I am quite happy to be living in Silicon Valley where whatever you wear is the norm. There are no expectations. Even Steve Job gave off a distinctive odor.
I’d like to think that I could walk into a room full of people in evening gowns while I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and I’d make them ALL feel uncomfortable. Naive perhaps. But I am me.
Still the effective professional speaker will dress the part. I do the suit-and-tie thing when I am on a cruise ship. But when I spoke to a bunch of nerdy web developers, I wore my work clothes – gym shoes, shorts and sweat shirt.
The Bible calls it becoming ‘all things to all people.’ It’s not losing yourself. It’s fitting in and making those around you comfortable when you are there. It’s a mark of a professional.AC
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