I've been invited for my fifth interview by Jody Glynn Patrick and Joan Gillman for their show "In Business with Jody and Joan"
on Madison, WI-based radio station WTDY 1670 AM from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. The show will provide an
informal look at some of the evolving changes being created by the
Internet. You can listen to the show on the radio or hear the podcast of the show here after the 8th of December.
Brightqube is a metasearch engine that brings together the stock photo inventories of over 40 professional stock photo vendors into a database of over 3 million images. They also offer their "everyday" collection from partner Dreamstime.
Telnic, the exclusive registrar for the .tel domain name launched today. Trademark holders will have a global phone book where they can place their phone numbers in a Telnic supported form according to ReadWrite web.
Holly Buchanan at Marketing to Women Online has an interesting posting about "underdressing" for public speaking events. In the post, she discusses Guy Kawasaki's premise that you should overdress, i.e. never dress beneath the level of the audience that you're presenting too. The discussion centers around the "why" this is important and the different perspective she has vs that presented by Guy.
Personally, I think the key is to dress comfortably and appropriately for the audience that you're communicating too. This could mean a parity dress code with those in attendance or it could mean a higher level of dress or "overdressing" using Holly and Guy's terminology. I would agree that "underdressing" isn't appropriate, because it does make you look less than professional, but think that there is room for a parity dress code that still makes you look professional and appropriate for the audience.
As the Web Chef, I've gone out to speak to audiences wearing a chef's toque and a traditional chef's jacket. This is part of my brand and "shtick" as a presenter. On other occasions, I've worn a tie with cooking instruments, food or chef's toques to reinforce my brand. Some other dressing tips Laura Bergells another presentation expert, pointed out the importance for women of avoiding the jangly bracelets or earrings when giving an online presentation, since the noise can be picked up and distract in the presentation.
A presenter I heard at a National Speaker's Association meeting a few years ago suggested that you not carry coins in your pocket and that you always have some safety pins available when traveling for that potential wardrobe malfunction. Unfortunately I can't remember his name.
Any comments on what is an appropriate dress code and as Holly asks, does this vary by whether you are a male or a female presenter?
Shalu Wasu at Tickled by Life gives you "12 outrageous ideas to make your presentations absorbing" in his posting "Avoiding Death by PowerPoint". I liked his listing from his first two point - there are no rules and have your own flexible guidelines to the 12 he elaborates on. Here is the summary list:
don't use too many words
don't use templates, consider PPT a canvas
strip down the fluff to the essential message
provoke the audience
don't hide nervousness
you are the presentation
communication is the sharing of emotion
never give out handouts before, give them later
don't stick with your story, make the story sticky
For other tips on PowerPoint see my PowerPoint and Presentation Skills resource listing.