Day 134 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project got this week off to a great start. I received confirmation that all of the materials for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, were received and the first stage of publication is truly under way. I followed up on several action items for coaching clients and received a request to present at a women’s conference. Exciting as all of the above is, I also got an answer from my partner in crime, Kay Fittes, on what she’s wearing to our “Kick Up Your Assertiveness Quotient for Maximum Success” workshop this Saturday. Knowing this is important, not so we can be match-matchy, but so we don’t clash. She finished her deliberation today and shot me a picture of her suit. Armed with this critical information, I set about the task of putting together my own power presentation ensemble.
Because Kay is wearing black and gray, initially I thought I’d wear solid black. I made a quick trip to TJMaxx to scout out a dress with fluted sleeves, but was unsuccessful. This was a blessing in disguise considering how I’m building my business and need to be mindful of my budget. In addition, since I’m doing a lot of work from home, I really don’t need to invest in new professional pieces. Rather, I need to maximize what I already own, which is considerable! Still, my trip to my favorite jaunt did provide inspiration on what to wear. When I spotted a dress I purchased there last fall, I realized the colors and print would complement Kay’s outfit well. In addition, since we are presenting on assertiveness, and fiery red is associated with that, my red blazer would be on point.
What you wear when you’re the speaker is such an important piece of the entire presentation. In fact, studies have shown that when a man gets up to speak, people listen first and then look to see what he’s wearing. On the other hand, when a woman gets up to speak, people look, then, if they like what she’s wearing, they listen. Sad but true! That’s why being as intentional about what you wear as you are with what you say will help ensure your message packs the powerful punch you’re after.
Putting Together a Power Presentation Ensemble
- Decide well in advance what you’ll wear and try the outfit on in its entirety, including proper undergarments. This ensures no mishaps with fit, missing buttons, runs, tears, etc. If support garments are needed, purchase and repeat trying on.
- Pick a two piece skirt or pants suit with a coordinating blouse or a sheath dress with a blazer. Separates just don’t have the same impact.
- Pair your outfit with closed-toe heels or dress flats that are in good condition and fit properly to avoid sore feet while presenting. Nothing cramps a presenter’s style like cramped toes!
- Select a handbag that coordinates well with your ensemble and pulls it all together. A ratty bag can destroy a professional package.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan who is excited about presenting to an amazing group of women this weekend, I believe they deserve me putting my best foot forward. Assertiveness is such a needed skill for women – whether on the home front or in the workplace. I’ve worked hard on perfecting my content and don’t want them to miss that because I look like I threw myself together. Now, since I’ve put my power presentation ensemble together, not only will my outfit complement Kay’s, my Maybelline “On Fire Red” lipstick will complement the content as well.
If you need to up your assertiveness skills, there’s still time to register by going to the events page at http://www.highheeledsuccess.com.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach