“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!
This week’s focus: dress for success
Gentlemen: If you are going to speak at a technology conference, please consider the following so people can focus on your message and not be praying the fashion police arrive to escort you off stage:
- Well-worn blue jeans that you’d wear to clean out the garage, mow the lawn or watch TV in the privacy of your own home look dreadful on the 15 foot x 15 foot high-definition TV screens at the front of the meeting room. Dress jeans are available for purchase that can be tailored to look great.
- A shirt that looks like it was just fished out of a laundry hamper doesn’t work.
- Ill-fitting clothes create a distraction. Wearing a sports coat that was stylish and fit you well 20 years ago doesn’t work, particularly if you’re 30 pounds heavier. Think of what you’d look like if you were wearing a child’s cowboy hat.
- Not every suit jacket or sports coat color or fabric looks good with jeans. Look in the mirror to determine what you look like. If you are unsure, ask for help.
- We can see your shoes and socks when you’re seated on stage. They should not distract from your overall appearance. Black socks with bright red shiny dots? Green and yellow argyle socks? Saddle shoes? Really?
- If you’re 50 years old, dressing like you’re 20 won’t fool anyone. You’re still 50. This doesn’t work any better for men than women.
Dressing like you just fell out of bed isn’t cool. It’s an assault on our senses. It just might create a missed opportunity for your audience to hear the message that could help your company thrive.
Thought for the week:
What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting
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