• Lucy

How to dress for a presentation: everything you need to know.

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

You're standing in front of a room full of people. All eyes are on you.

Presenting to a group of people can be challenging even for seasoned presenters, but get it right and they can open up a world of opportunities. Yet your content isn't the only thing that needs to be valuable and on point when you are on stage speaking.

Your visual presentation also needs to be spot on. Why?

First and foremost it's for confidence.

For most people, being in front of a room full of people can be incredibly nerve wracking. Wearing a well-considered outfit that makes you look and feel professional helps to boost your confidence and give you a sense of presence.

The audience will immediately see and sense this, and that helps give you credibility.

People will start to judge you as soon as you walk onto a stage or are standing in front of a group of people. They will be wondering if you are worth their attention and forming their first impression of you. This gives you a golden window of opportunity to influence the audience's assumption of you, establish your authority and give them confidence in what's to come.

So, what should you wear on stage when speaking?

First things first, you need to think about the type and style of event.

  • How many people are you presenting to?

  • Is it a day or night time event?

  • Where is the event being held?

  • Will there be other presenters?

  • Who are you presenting to?

Knowing the above information first is key to helping you select the right outfit.