When many people are asked what they fear or dislike most, it is public speaking. It almost takes more than the “Ultimate alpha” personality to accomplish, as not everyone enjoys the atmosphere when all eyes are on them.
Any little flaw in your physique can be noticed when you are on stage, and especially if you are on stage and on camera at the same time! When you are tackling the task of public speaking, it is more than important to appear physically fit, and in your prime. Even though many as of late have become fairly sensitive to all body types, most who are thinking about maximizing their potential on a product or educating an audience on something of value will want to present the best physical appearance possible.
Stellar presence really does go hand in hand with stellar appearance, and teeth can be one of the first things people notice. Red wine, soda, acidic foods, and many other types of things we choose to snack on can affect our teeth quickly, and make them lose their luster. When dealing with appearance for a public speech, there are many other properties such as clothing and posture that factor into play.
Here are some tips for honing in correctly on your hygiene, and making sure that you are always putting the best impression of yourself out there possible. There are many different ways to make an impression, and many different ways to assure that you drive people away. We all know which option any seasoned marketing pro would prefer!
1. Some Tips on Good Breath:
Remember that after you are done with a speaking engagement, there are people who may want to see you and talk to you up close. When this happens, if you have breath that is offensive, you may be chasing someone away instead of having them choose you as an authority! You may want to brush your tongue, as that is commonly part of the germ-causing entity in your mouth, and you can even rinse out your mouth with peroxide. Properly scheduled trips to your local dentist near you are a top priority!
2. White teeth are as important as Straight Teeth:
When someone sees teeth that are crooked, they may not be excited about your public speech, unless they prefer one delivered by the likes of a vampire! Keeping teeth white is also one of the most important things you can do, and there are many different ways to accomplish that. Aside from using whitening toothpaste, you can use a straw while drinking to keep stain-causing dyes from doing a job on your teeth, and avoid elements such as berries and tomato sauce.
3. Brushing and Flossing Vs. Mouth Wash:
After you brush and floss, you may feel as if you are ready to tackle the stage, whether it is a public speaking engagement, or up close and personal event. But the truth is, that some of these mouthwashes with alcohol make you seem as if the problem artificially went away, but it gets worse upon its return. Peroxide rinse can help in these circumstances, and so can dinner additives like parsley on your plate.
4. Doing the Dry Clean Dance:
It is true that those who travel sometimes feel as if they are living out of a suitcase, and we know how hard it can be to have your best outfits hanging in the car. If you are dying to make a great impression during a speaking engagement, make sure you have your dry cleaning done before you get there! Some small towns may not have the services you need to make your clothes clean, and if your suit jacket is lighter colored, you may be in trouble without a trip to the cleaners beforehand.
5. Speak Up! Volume Conveys Confidence:
We have all seen a speaker who looks like they are going to literally set the stage ablaze with their positive demeanor and dominance. They are standing up straight, they are knowledgeable, and have a commanding prowess. But when they open their mouths, they are just too much on the quiet side. Make sure to use that volume when you are on stage, but keep the microphone a good few inches away from your mouth. This tip is just as important as any hygiene element!
6. Body Odor Banter:
We all know that when we approach someone who has terrible body odor, we don’t want to be around them for long. In the summer months, it can be hard avoiding a little ripeness, but if the problem is following you for a long duration of time, you’re in trouble. If you are one who has to use unscented deodorants, you may have even more problems, as they don’t cover up as much. Sometimes what we eat and drink “Pours out of our pores”, and it needs to be carefully kept at bay. If you are partaking in coffee, foods with garlic, and alcohol or beer, this is a time when applying a bit of body wash of your choice can go a long way. It’s not just perspiration that gives us body odor: if you are already prone to a bad thyroid, you will want to pay special attention to your glands before “Giving the big speech” on stage.
7. Halting activity on the hands:
This is one of those tips for stage presence that is not as intense perhaps as how you smell or appear in your outfit: hand activity. We’ve noticed that several people who are good at public speaking actually have their hands behind their back the entire time! This comes from years of sales training: some salesmen are taught to always have their hands behind their back to not seem menacing. When you are trying to pull off speaking and do it well, make sure you aren’t pointing excessively, or holding your hands above the chin level. At your sides with occasional gestures are great, but don’t challenge your audience with your hands. Your message and appearance will probably pave the way!