by Great Speaking reader
Hi Tom: I enjoyed your recent newsletter, and had a comment about a man keeping his tie straight during a speaking engagement [http:www.antion.com/ezinebackissues.htm v2n8 ]. A similar topic applies to women.
At one of my former places of employment, part of the new employee orientation was sitting through several hours of a customer service presentation on video tape. In addition to being a painfully unanimated speaker, the presenter wore a suit with the biggest, loudest scarf around her neck and over her shoulder. All of us poor souls in the room watching were left with no recollection of the content of the presentation, but a indelible image of the infamous scarf! As you know, not only should the length of a speech be appropriate for the audience, but the speaker should make sure that their appearance is not distracting.
Thanks for all the great tips.
Tom's reply: Thanks Karen for your input. Also, keep in mind that the beautiful scarf you referred to might be perfect if you were on a big stage in front of a large audience. Always keep your delivery medium in mind.