5 Biggest Mistakes Men Make When Dressing for a Presentation

This week we are discussing how men dress for a successful presentation. Last week was the women’s turn. Important note: With all of these recommendations, ultimately you do you. But I hope the five suggestions below will heighten your awareness of what people notice about how you look BEFORE you even open your mouth to speak.

1. Lack of Attention to Shoes

Men, polish your shoes, front and back. As Andy Griffith’s attorney Ben Matlock recommends: “Pay attention to the backs of your shoes; that’s the last thing people notice when you leave the room.”

2. Dark Shirts

Wear a light-colored dress shirt under your jacket; it shows up better and complements most facial tones.

3. Dirty Nails

Make sure your nails are trimmed and clean.

4. Unbuttoned Coats

Of course, this depends on the formality of the meeting, but in most cases, it pays to button your jacket if you are wearing one.

5. What Others Are Wearing

Great guideline: Pay attention to how the decision makers of the organization dress, and use that information to guide your wardrobe decisions on the day of a professional presentation.



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