When bland is best

In analyzing Notable Speeches for AmericanSpeaker.com, I usually don’t pay much attention to what the presenters wear. I focus on their words and gestures, and the effective techniques that they use.

As I was viewing the C-Span video of the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast last month, however, I found myself distracted by the striped suit Eric Metaxas was wearing. It wasn’t noticeable to me in full-screen mode, but in the smaller version the suit stripes created a wavy line pattern. It may have looked dapper in person, but on the small screen the suit was dizzying.

Don’t allow your outfit to detract from your message when your presentation will be videotaped. Avoid these elements in your attire:

  • Patterns, stripes and geometric shapes.
  • White, black and bright orange or red.
  • Jewelry that will jangle or reflect lights.

If you wear glasses, you may be able to adjust their position to avoid reflections.

What’s your favorite outfit to wear when presenting?


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