Lesson 21º









Besides verbal and body language, the speaker transmits a personal image that will be either valued positively or negatively by the public.

You need to try and project a positive image.

A friendly and open image (although you may be a shy person), attractive, etc. it is favourably valued by the public and helps gain respect.

A careless, bad-tempered, unfriendly image makes the public against you (although they might share the ideas displayed).

The speaker should dress appropriatly for the ocassion:

If it is a formal act, you should wear a suit.

If it is an informal act, you should be wearing comfortably clothes, sporty, etc.

You need to try and not be out of place with the public.

The speaker should find out how he should be dressed. If there is a doubt then you should always go for the more conservative option.

Once you have defined the style (formal or casual), the speaker should try and dress somewhat better than the audience (you are the protagonist after all).

You need to feel comfortable and happy with your appearance. This will increase your confidence and allow you to fight against feeling insecure.

However, you should avoid being excessive (you shouldn't go looking like a state). The image should enhance your figure, but without outshining it (the audience needs to pay attention to the speech and not be distracted by your spectacular outfit).

You image should also go with the message that you want to transmit:

For example, if it is a celebratory meeting to celebrate the brilliant results of the exercise, the speaker can dress excessive (although with order).

If on the other hand, the director of the company is going to communicate a staff cut back he should dress in a more elegant way.

Details that one looks after in their ordinary life, should receive special attention when you are going to talk in public:

Hair well looked after, shaved, clean teeth, clean shoes, buttons done up, tie in place, etc.

Before you go onto the stage it is a good idea to carry out a last revision, just in case (is you zip undone?)

You need to avoid any detail which can negatively effect your image.

For example, if the speaker is short he should make sure that the stand he uses is an appropriate one (that he is not hidden behind it).

If two people are speaking at the same time and they are of considerably different heights, it is a good idea that they are separated to avoid pointing out the contrast.