Communications Insight For More Inspiring Leaders Just One of Many Lessons I Learned From Competing in the World Championship of Public Speaking

Just One of Many Lessons I Learned From Competing in the World Championship of Public Speaking

 10th Jan 2022

Just one of many lessons learnt from competing in the World Championship of Public Speaking...

The importance of dress-code and background.

You can see below a screenshot from the World Final in Vancouver, back in 2017.

Pretty dark, huh?

The annual contest features 30,000+ competing speakers and is organised by Toastmasters International. In the Final, you're down to the last 10 and in previous years, flags of all member countries were positioned on stage, leaving the background awash with colour.

So, in Vancouver, foolishly I gave very little thought to dress-code. Like many (usually male!) speakers, I defaulted to... dark suit, white shirt and tie (with jacket buttons done up, for some reason).

Just one of the many things I'd approach differently, with the benefit of hindsight.

It's not just about the audience in front of you.

It's also about what's in front of the audience.

What are your top tips and "experiences" of dress-code when addressing a group?

#publicspeaking #stage #dresscode #presentationskills #communication

The school is at the start of an ambitious and exciting journey. You have helped us set the standard for the remainder of the year and further ahead. I hope you will return to the school in the future and inspire subsequent cohorts of MPP students.

 

Professor Peter Kemp | Associate Director, The Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

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