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Look around the streets of the city you live in. Chances are you’ll see men wearing baggy, loud or faded T-shirts.

This begs the question:

Can you look amazing wearing a T-shirt – not sloppy or basic? Or should stylish men reserve the humble T-shirt for gym sessions and yard work?

The reality is, you can wear a T-shirt and look great. There’s a place for a T-shirt in every man’s wardrobe. You just need to know the secrets to looking good in one that are hidden in the details. The T-shirt might seem like a simple garment at first glance but it’s actually anything but…

That’s why today I’m sharing with you the ten secrets behind how to look good in a T-shirt.

  1. Pay attention to the dress code
  2. Know your body type
  3. Nail the fit
  4. V-neck or crew neck?
  5. Select the RIGHT fabric
  6. Opt for solid & neutral colors
  7. Make sure your shirt is pristine
  8. Buy interchangeable
  9. Get it tailored
  10. Fold your shirt correctly

Plus, how to complement a great-looking tee with other clothes:

  • T-shirt outfit ideas
  • A casual summer look
  • The rugged classic
  • Sleek T-shirt style

T-Shirt Tip #1 Pay Attention To The Dress Code

man and women wearing t-shirts

The most important part of wearing a T-shirt is knowing where and when it’s appropriate to do so.

The reality is, many functions call for the good old suit and tie or at least a long-sleeved shirt with a collar. T-shirts are an option if and only if the event is casual.

Don’t try to challenge the dress code and wear a T-shirt to the office or a friend’s wedding unless you’re specifically required to. It doesn’t matter how good you look or how confident you feel in it. T-shirts have their own time and place, just like flip-flops or denim jackets. Always respect the occasion if you want others to respect you.

T-Shirt Tip #2 Know Your Body Type

Different Male Body Types

Not everyone has guns like Chris Hemsworth or a chest like Dwayne Johnson. Those guys can rock T-shirts.

So, how to look good in a T-shirt if you’re a mere mortal? You have to know the five main male body shapes and which one you are to gauge your chances of looking good in a tee. The harsh reality is that the first T-shirt you try on probably won’t flatter all body shapes and sizes.

If you’re a stout or relatively large man, you’re probably aware of the extra weight in your midsection. A tight-fitting T-shirt won’t hide this very well. If you’re on the skinny side, a T-shirt might accentuate the leanness of your arms and upper torso.

A tee can still do a phenomenal job of making your body look good even without a muscular physique. But, it means you need to pay extra attention to tips 3 and 4.

T-Shirt Tip #3 Nail The Fit

Fit is the most important part of the Style Pyramid. Everything builds off of this.

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A good T-shirt fit requires two things:

  • It must conform to your body shape.
  • It mustn’t cause discomfort or restrict freedom of movement.

Why should you care that much about the fit? Because fit is a core component of style. Clothes that correctly fit showcase your masculine figure while ill-fitting clothes hide it. It’s that simple.

Spend time finding a T-shirt brand that works for your body type. Use the following guidelines as a checklist when trying out any new tee:

  • Does the t-shirt fit you closely without tightness around your chest and waist?
  • Do the shoulder seams line up with the ends of your shoulders? The shirt may be too loose if the shoulder seams are low, or too tight if the seams are closer to your neck.
  • Do the sleeves cover about 1/3 of your biceps? If the sleeves cover more than half of your biceps or touch your elbows, they’re too long.
  • Do the sleeves lightly hug your biceps? Loose sleeves flap around and sleeves that are too tight can cut off circulation.
  • Does the T-shirt subtly drape over your chest and follow the curve of your torso? It shouldn’t reveal the outline of your stomach too much.
  • Does the T-shirt go a couple of inches below your belt line, slightly covering your waistband? Ideally, it should be long enough for you to raise your arms without exposing your midsection. Do not wear one that goes all the way to your crotch area.

T-Shirt Tip #4 V-Neck Or Crew Neck?

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There are two primary styles of T-shirt: V-neck and crew neck. Which is best?

V-necks look best on fitter men. The deep cut emphasizes and shows off a built-up chest. A V-neck creates the allusion of height and balances out a short neck or narrow face.

Crew necks are a better option for men with a thinner frame. This style doesn’t expose your neck as much, they draw less attention to your upper torso, which is good if you haven’t been to the gym in a while.

Which style should you choose? It’s your call. Just remember not to expose your chest too much whichever style you choose. Stay away from the ‘scoop neck’, extra-wide ‘boat neck’, and plunging V-neck designs.

TIP: What about T-shirts with pockets? They add visual complication and the pocket fabric can stretch, becoming baggy over time. I suggest wearing them only if you’re aiming to build up your chest.

T-Shirt Tip #5 Select The RIGHT Fabric

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A shirt’s fabric is a key factor in determining its quality. If you want to look amazing in a T-shirt, its material has to be awesome. Two T-shirts may be identical in design and color, but the one with better fabric will outperform the other by a wide margin.

As with all clothing items you shop for, always read the label on a T-shirt. I’m sure you check the price, but you should also look for info on the material. Tees are usually 100% cotton or a cotton-poly blend, but there are other special fabrics that might serve you even better. Check out a few of these:

  • Bamboo: A soft and breathable fabric that gives the shirt a nice luster; primarily used for high-end clothes.
  • Merino: A high-quality, fine-weave wool often used for more expensive men’s shirts; a 100% merino t-shirt can stay odor-free for a full week without being washed.
  • Jersey: A flexible, comfortable material made from a blend of cotton and synthetic fabric.
  • Pima: The highest grade of cotton; resists pilling or fading and also becomes softer after each wear.
  • Linen blends: Linen is considered the world’s strongest natural fiber; linen blends often look smoother and silkier than pure cotton. Caution: linen wrinkles easily.
  • Stretch Fabrics: Lycra, Spandex or Elastane; popular for workout apparel, these fabrics provide a lot of resistance after multiple washes. They also maintain the garment’s shape and make the shirt more comfortable to wear.

TIP: Whatever the fabric, don’t get a T-shirt that’s super thin or lightweight.

The problem is it might actually be an undershirt instead of a legitimate T-shirt. I also suggest not wearing synthetic performance fabrics except when you’re running or exercising. Those fabrics tend to have a distinct sheen that makes them look slightly off, even in casual settings.

T-Shirt Tip #6 Opt For Solid & Neutral Colors

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Men normally can’t go wrong with dark, neutral colors. These tones will complement the widest range of complexions. Narrow down your options to the list of colors below when in doubt.

  • Gray: Gray (especially ‘heather gray’) has a way of matching up well with the majority of clothing combinations. Gray gives you the freedom to go brighter or darker in terms of the whole outfit. It also enhances your physique if you’re well-built.
  • White: Plain white T-shirts are the foundation of many men’s wardrobes. Be extra careful with white though because undershirts often come in the form of white crew necks.
  • Navy: Navy blue is preferable to black during the daytime. This color also works for monochrome looks when you pair the T-shirt with dark jeans.
  • Black: Black can be a versatile option for darker outfits. Just be aware that black T-shirts may fade over time to a worn-out gray color.

I recommend beginning with the colors above but it’s still okay to experiment with bold stripes and alternative colors. Just check that it looks flattering on you, works with the rest of your outfit and you feel confident in it.

Check out my guide below for the proportion of colors I recommend you start out with and I go in-depth here on what color shirts a man should own.

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Bonus Tip: If in doubt, stay away from T-shirts with graphics or XL-sized logos. Keep T-shirts as plain as possible to avoid distracting people from the rest of your outfit and your face. Less is more.

T-Shirt Tip #7 Make Sure Your Shirt Is Pristine

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T-shirts are an inherently casual item of men’s clothing so you want to avoid shirts that lower the formality even further. This typically means aging or decoloration and it can be deliberate or accidental.

Some fashion-forward brands release pre-faded shirts for a lived-in look. Avoid dressing like a hipster by opting for a pristine, brand-new shirt. Your favorite band T-shirt from ten years ago might share the same look from genuine heavy wear. Stains and holes are also a natural part of a T-shirt’s life.

It can be tempting to stick with the same old shirt. You’re attached to it and it might even bring back fond memories. However, you need to remember the first tip which is keeping the occasion in mind. The truth is even going to the mall or running errands is worthy of a clean, crisp shirt. You never know who you will run into.

Your old T-shirts don’t need to go to waste. Save them for garden duty or cleaning the car and when they are truly beyond hope turn them into rags for shining your shoes.

T-Shirt Tip #8 Buy Interchangeable

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The final thing to keep in mind when choosing your T-shirts is ensuring they are compatible with the rest of your wardrobe. No item of clothing exists in isolation and building an interchangeable wardrobe is key to saving time, money and wardrobe space.

When you want to look good in a T-shirt the most important aspects to keep in mind are texture and color.

Most T-shirts will be produced in plain, smooth cotton with no discernible texture for someone standing at normal talking distance. I recommend not varying from this norm because it will distract from the texture of other items of clothing such as a wool jacket or flannel overshirt.

The louder a color or pattern is, the less interchangeable it becomes. This is why sticking to neutral, versatile colors like white, gray and blue will be a good foundation for most men’s T-shirts.

T-Shirt Tip #9 Get It Tailored

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Every shop that sells men’s clothes will sell a T-shirt. This is a blessing because every man’s body will be slightly different and require a different fit. Embrace the variety on offer and try on as many T-shirts as you can. Get the best T-shirt you can find instead of the first one you come across in the mall.

Find the one that fits you better than any other and in the highest-quality fabric.

Not every T-shirt is made equally. This might take some time but it is worth persevering to make sure you get a value-for-money shirt that makes you look great.

No item of clothing will ever fit you perfectly off-the-rack though. This is where a good tailor comes in. Get a good-fitting T-shirt tailored and you will have a better fit than 99.99% of other men.

Why buy the best-fitting T-shirt you can find if you’re going to have it tailored anyway? It is important because the smaller the adjustments a tailor has to make – the quicker, cheaper, and more natural-looking the adjustments will be.

T-Shirt Tip #10 Fold Your Shirt Correctly

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Learn how to fold t-shirt easy and quickly

Now you have the perfect T-shirt you need to preserve your investment. Here’s how to avoid creases and strange bulges in your shirts in six easy steps:

  1. Lay your shirt face down and smooth out any wrinkles.
  2. Imagine a vertical line running down the center of the shirt and then fold it in half along this line so the opposing sleeves touch. You should now have something that resembles a T-shirt cut in half.
  3. Fold the sleeves back and over the body
  4. Fold the whole garment in half again, from top to bottom.
  5. Now fold the T-shirt in half one last time.
  6. You now have a compact, crisp and clean fold. Quick and easy!

Check out how to properly fold a t-shirt in two seconds in my article here.

BONUS Tip – Don’t Accidentally Buy An Undershirt

undershirt

An undershirt is not a shirt – it’s underwear. ‘Undershirt’ means ‘under your shirt’ just like ‘underpants’ means ‘under your pants’. And like your underpants, your undershirt shouldn’t be visible.

Because undershirts aren’t designed to be looked at, they usually come in plain white or a light gray. They’re also made with a thinner fabric, usually cotton or microfiber that tends to look uncomfortably sheer and clingy as an outer layer.

Your undershirt’s main purpose is to serve as a sweat rag. It absorbs sweat and keeps your outer clothing dry. It can also keep you warm in winter.

How To Look Good In A T-Shirt – Outfit Ideas

Finally, let’s look at how you can incorporate T-shirts into different outfits. There is no one way to look good in a T-shirt but here are some stylish suggestions to get you started.

Wear a vest

Wearing a vest is a good way to add maturity to your look. People tend to associate vests with older men who are wealthy or have good taste.

So if you’re trying to catch a woman’s eye, it helps to have the perfect vest on for more sophistication. Make sure that your shirt is tightly tucked under the vest.

Good tucking will keep any shirt fabric from ‘ballooning’ in little puffs from the bottom – which tends to draw more attention to your waist.

Put a sports jacket on

You can add more ruggedness to your look with a good-quality sports jacket.

Some features that make them very stylish are the ticket pockets, arm patches, and pleats. They accentuate masculinity – and we can trace it back to their origin as a gentleman’s sporting attire.

To match up a jacket with your shirt – the first thing you should pay attention to is the collar. There should be some similarity between the jacket’s collar shape and the shirt’s neckline. You can refer to this guide to choosing the right sports jacket.

Wear dark, well-fitted jeans

Denim has this uncanny ability to make your whole outfit sexier – including the shirt you have on. So find jeans that complement your body type.

Pick dark blue because it’s the most versatile, and you can use these pants to dress up/down based on the occasion. Take your style a step further by turning the jeans into a dark wash pair.

You can produce a darker hue and pattern through vintage wash, stone wash or acid wash. This helps prevent the jeans from looking too faded – which is good for men who wear them regularly.

How about a whole outfit for you to try? Whether you need something for summer strolls in the park or something a little edgier to highlight your masculinity, check out the following 3 outfit suggestions for how to look good in a T-shirt:

#1 How to look good in a T-shirt – casual summer style

t-shirt summer

Here’s how to look good in a T-shirt with just a quick upgrade from sportswear and sneakers:

  • Heather gray T-shirt
  • Flat-front shorts
  • Leather boat shoes (with no-show socks)
  • Wayfarer sunglasses

#2 How to look good in a T-shirt – the rugged classic

t-shirt v-neck

A combination that makes you look like a real badass:

  • White T-shirt (This is a good opportunity for a V-neck)
  • Dark indigo denim jeans
  • Rugged leather work boots
  • (Leather jacket optional)
  • Aviator sunglasses

#3 How to look good in a T-shirt – sleek and casual

2 men wearing tucked and untucked t-shirts

Wondering how to look sharp on a casual night out?

  • Black V-neck T-shirt
  • Black or charcoal gray trousers
  • Polished leather dress boots
  • A sports jacket (if you’re stout or thin) to build up the upper torso

Bonus Tip: Can you tuck in T-shirts? My advice is to leave a T-shirt untucked unless you’re layering another item over it eg. a sports jacket or a casual button-down.

If there is one lesson I can leave you with it’s that T-shirts can be incredibly stylish if you know how to wear them. A well-fitted, carefully selected T-shirt can make you the best-dressed guy in the room at a casual event. Never think that a fancy suit and tie is the only way to look good.

So you’ve got your t-shirt style down to a tee, but do you know how to style a button-down shirt and look great doing it? Click here to discover how it can be done.

Click below to watch – 10 Golden Rules For Rocking T-Shirts (Stop Looking Sloppy!)

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4 Steps To PURGE Your Wardrobe – How To Get Rid Of Clothing Clutter In Your Closet

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It’s Purge Night in your closet.

All bets are off.

All laws are suspended.

For twelve hours, only powerful clothes are safe.

Which outfits will you spare?

Which deserve to die?

man purging wardrobe

A quick look at Rotten Tomatoes will tell you that the jury’s out on whether the premise of the movie The Purge – a society kept under control by a yearly 12-hour period with no laws or emergency services – holds up to scrutiny.

But when it comes to your wardrobe, maintaining order via an annual period of merciless settling up actually makes a lot of sense.

Today, I’m going to show you how to lay your internalized “laws” and emotional hang-ups aside and embrace the purge.

Rule 1: The Purge Lasts a Scheduled, Set Length of Time

man examining his wardrobe

Know when you need to purge. Sometimes it’s because a lot of your wardrobe has become worn out and you’ve been making do with it for too long. For many men, a transition to a new phase of life prompts the need for a clean-out.

If your clothes don’t reflect your age or where you are in your career, or you have a lot of things you never wear, it’s probably time.

Once you know it’s needed, mark it on your calendar. Block off a Saturday afternoon and resolve to only do that.

Set a strict time limit. That way, you’ll be less tempted to procrastinate AND less likely to dither unnecessarily about your decisions. The more time you allow yourself, the more you’ll overthink things.

Like the film’s, your purge should be annual. Marking aside time to check out your wardrobe in a deliberate way will save you time in the future – time shopping, time getting dressed, time panicking because you forgot that the shirt still hanging in your closet has a hole in it.

Subsequent purges won’t be as drastic as your first one. That’s okay. The point is, you’re keeping your wardrobe up to date, in good shape, and pared down to the essentials.

Rule 2: Authorized Weapons Only

man in hat inside the wardrobe closet

For your closet purge, your “weapons” are the questions and concepts you use to aid your decision-making. And heads up: the methods you might be thinking of – making three piles, looking only for what you literally never wear – are weak.

You want to separate the best of your wardrobe from what just doesn’t make the cut. You want a highly selective process. In your new, stylish wardrobe, every single piece should be a winner.

In his book Essentialism, Greg Mckeown presents a series of questions you might ask while cleaning out a closet, and better questions you could ask instead. He uses the analogy of de-cluttering our closet in the same way we de-clutter our lives.

But let’s focus on his closet strategy.

Don’t ask, “do I like this?” More than likely you do at least a little bit, or you wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.

Instead, ask: do I wear this often? Do I look GREAT in it? If I saw this on a store shelf today, would I buy it again at full price?

These are much more powerful questions. They’re derived from one of my men’s style equations: the style equation of value.

If it’s not a ‘hell yeah,’ then it’s a ‘no.’

Rule 3: All (Mental) Emergency Services Are Suspended

guy holding bag with clothes to trash out

That anxiety you feel when you think about getting rid of stuff is a mostly sunk-cost fallacy – the irrational belief that something you’re not using is worth holding onto because you’ve already spent money on it.

It may pay off elsewhere, but thrifty self-control won’t serve you here. Turn the “but I spent money on this!” sirens OFF for the duration of the purge.

Move fast and be brutal. Don’t let “someday” or “maybe” stop you from paring down your wardrobe. Maybe someday you’ll get back in shape, but in the meantime, it’s just taking up space (or worse, getting worn and making you look like a walking midlife crisis).

Besides, would you really want to celebrated a body transformation by wearing out-f-date clothes?

Clothes that are even slightly dated make you look cheap, and not in a cool thrift-shop hipster kind of way. Chances are, you can get along without them.

The last major category of items you’re going to get rid of are clothes fit only for the trash. Stained, worn out, and torn clothes, no matter how nice they used to be, aren’t fit to sell or donate. Toss them. They should not stay in your closet.

For more on this, check out my handy guide on when to throw away clothes.

Rule 4: No Killing of Outfits Level 10 Or Higher

man is looking for clothes for interchangeable wardrobe

In The Purge, you’re not allowed to kill a high-ranking government official. In the Closet Purge, you’re not allowed to kill an outfit you could wear in public if you were one.

When your whole wardrobe’s potentially on the chopping block, what you really need to save are the high-quality, timeless pieces that you’ve invested in because they will never go out of style. If they fit really well (or could with a trip to the tailor) and they’re in great shape, e.g. no holes or stains, these pieces are keepers.

Also in your ‘keep’ pile should be clothes that are highly versatile and could become a component of several go-to looks. You know what you wear often and what goes with what, so if, for example, you need to turn twenty shirts into ten shirts, build your all-star team from the most frequent picks.

If you need some guidelines, check out my posts on creating an interchangeable wardrobe. The mindset of incorporating maximum versatility will help you build a minimalist wardrobe that works.

After Closet Clean Out

man looking for clothes to create interchangeable wardrobe

Once you’ve completed your purge and you’re looking at what remains – vast, empty spaces between each item; gaping holes where the clothes that didn’t make the cut once hung – you’re going to want to buy tons of new clothes right away.

Unless you literally just trashed all your pants, don’t do that.

Instead, live with the clothes you have for a little while and work out what you still need to complete your wardrobe. Make a list of what you need or want so you can shop strategically. Don’t waste time and money just because the hoarding impulse kicks in.

Create a system for getting rid of unwanted clothes in the future. Keep a bag or laundry basket for unwanted clothes near your closet or chest of drawers.

When you buy a new item to replace something, discard the old one.

When something wears out, make sure you toss it out of sight so you’re not tempted to venture out in it.

You can donate or toss your no-longer-needed basket at your next annual purge.

If your closet hasn’t been cleaned out in ages, this probably sounds daunting, but it will be well worth it for the way it streamlines your mornings – and your laundry days.

Take it one step at a time, and you’ll be left with a wardrobe that contains only great options. Why settle for less?

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Professional TV Dancer Neil Jones announced as the face of Shakeup Cosmetics 

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TV star Neil Jones has joined male beauty brand Shakeup as their first ambassador and launches new Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream.

Shakeup co-founder Jake Xu says “We are delighted to welcome Neil as our very first face of the brand. He aligns perfectly with our style, vision, and brand values and of course our fans and we are thrilled to announce this new partnership”.

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In his role as ambassador, Neil will be motivating men to look and feel their best as well as working closely with Shakeup on new product development and upcoming campaigns.

Neil adds “I’m really excited to be teaming up with Shakeup. Daily demands and hectic schedules can take its toll on my skin but looking after it properly is crucial, especially in my line of work. I love the Shakeup products – they give great results with minimal effort and they’re great value. A winning combination!”

Neil’s favourite product is the NEW Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream, £28. Combining caffeine, squalane, shea butter, and two revolutionary trademarked ingredients – Inst’Tight and Ipeptide, it instantly tightens, refreshes, and revives tired looking eyes and minimises puffy eye bags and dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.

Neil says, “With a new baby and busy rehearsals, it’s brilliant for helping me look like I’ve had a great night’s sleep!”

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Products are made in Britain, cruelty free, vegan friendly and PETA approved and available from shakeupcosmetics.com and Amazon.

About Shakeup:

Shakeup was founded in 2020 by twin brothers Jake Xu and Jake Carnell-Xu. As Chinese British (born in Beijing and grew up in Bath, UK) they have been inspired by the massive rise in men’s beauty in Asia and the K-pop market. With more men than ever branching out with their beauty routines, they created Shakeup to provide affordable, innovative, and solution-driven, skin care and cosmetic products and are

on a mission to normalise men wearing make-up.

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13 Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid In Your Presentation

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Imagine…

The sea of faces.

The expectant hush.

Butterflies in your stomach.

Sweaty palms.

This is the presentation of your life.

It’s going to make or break your career.

Your heart pounds as you listen to yourself drone on… watch their eyes glaze over…

And feel your career going down the drain.

Death by PowerPoint.

Today, we are going to throw you a lifeline. I have 13 public speaking mistakes for you to avoid to make sure you never fail another presentation in your life!

#1 Public Speaking Mistake: Not Knowing Your Audience

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You need to know who you’re speaking to–in general and as individuals–to avoid losing them to confusion or giving them irrelevant information.

Ask yourself two questions: why are they here, and what do they already know?

By understanding how much your audience knows about the topic, you can avoid filler words in presentations or examples they don’t understand, but also avoid talking down to them.

Knowing what they want to find out helps you stay relevant and hold their interest.

Stand on their side of the podium for a moment. What motivates them to be there? What could you tell them that would make them glad they came?

Research who you’ll be speaking to. Knowing the age group, professions, and other demographics of your audience will help you decide what points are most likely to click.

If your audience is from a different generation, company, or background, try to get a feel for their culture so you don’t say anything that will come off as rude.

You can also use this to tailor references and humor to their taste, but understand that that’s not a substitute for genuine respect. Trendy internet slang isn’t the key to reaching an audience of high school students–showing you respect their intelligence even as you speak from an older perspective is.

#2 Not Emotionally Connecting

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There’s a reason your audience didn’t just google the info you’re telling them: they want to hear it from a person. They came to hear your human perspective and to experience the connection you can offer them

The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability. If you’re willing to open up about yours, it can help people feel a stronger connection with you.

My personal example: I will, in the course of talks, sometimes talk about suicide, which is an issue that’s touched me closely in my family and in my military service. Getting people the help they need to try and prevent suicide is something I’m involved with and something that means a lot to me.

I don’t bring it up to impress people or to try and make them feel like they need to get involved, but I will mention it to show people that hey — I am a guy who does care and think about serious stuff, beyond whatever the topic of the moment is.

“The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability.”

And most people are like that! They have some things they care very deeply about, or have strong feelings about, or are committed to or involved with in a serious way. Hearing about mine reminds them of theirs, and then we have a connection as real human beings.

Let them know how you feel about what you’re telling them – they’ll internalize it. Feel free to mention relevant things that you care about as examples. It helps your audience feel like they know you.

#3 Winging It

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Under-preparing is a common mistake that can ruin a presentation with tons of potential. If you’re not prepared, you can’t relax. And if you don’t relax, you’re unlikely to engage at the level that the best public speakers do.

Have a plan B in case of technical difficulties, come up with alternate examples in case your original ones don’t seem to be landing and arrive early.

Check your equipment and everything you’ll need well before it’s time to start the speech. If you can, do a run-through on-venue–a full dress rehearsal, if you will.

If you’re prepared well in advance, you can use any extra time at the beginning to talk with individuals. It’ll help your audience feel more comfortable with you.

#4 Death By Powerpoint

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Visual aids can make your speech clearer and easier to follow, but not if they’re text-heavy, hard to read, or distracting.

Most people know you shouldn’t read text straight from your PowerPoint slides, but you should be keeping text basic overall. You want it to be easy for your audience to note down or remember. Set a target of no more than 10-15 words per slide.

To use PowerPoint effectively, make sure it looks polished and be careful of busy themes and long transitions. You want to keep people’s interest on what you’re saying, not distract from it.

#5 Not Practicing Enough

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The keys to a good presentation are confidence, flexibility, engaging your audience, and knowing your stuff.

How do you get there? Practice.

The better you know your material, the more relaxed you’ll be and the more confident you’ll come across.

Start practicing at least several days in advance.

You want everything committed to long-term memory. Until you can give your speech while driving, doing the dishes, or walking through an unfamiliar conference center, you shouldn’t tell yourself you’ve “practiced enough.”

On your later run-throughs, hone the details. Test out how you want the presentation to feel–what the arc of it will be, where it’s most high-energy.

Don’t just memorize the bullet points. Match them to your tone and gestures.

#6 Not Knowing What You’re Talking About

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Obviously, you want to give your audience accurate information. They’re there to learn. But doing your homework before a presentation is important for another reason: credibility.

The audience doesn’t have to know everything about the topic to catch an outdated fact or a statistical mix-up. And if they do, they’ll wonder about the accuracy of every single thing you’re saying.

Building credibility keeps people paying attention because they know what you’re saying is useful. They feel like they can trust you to answer their questions and give them the straight talk about the topic. It goes without saying, but you want to avoid being embarrassed during the Q & A too.

If you’re tripped up by a question or need to double check a fact, it’s worse to say something wrong than it is to excuse yourself and quickly check your notes. At the end of the day, honesty is more valuable than smoothly rattling off incorrect info.

#7 No Excitement

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Especially if you’re at a conference or in an office setting where people are going to meetings regularly, they’ve probably already seen a lot of people just standing there talking.

If you can give them a fresh experience, they’ll listen more closely to your points and you’ll make an impression.

When you practice, get comfortable moving around. Don’t hide behind the podium.

Choose your anecdotes carefully, and tell them like you’d tell a story to your friends. If they’re interesting in their own right, they’ll do a way better job of illustrating your points because your audience will remember them.

Make sure the relevancy is spot-on though, or they’ll remember the story and not the point.

#8 Going On Too Long

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People naturally pay attention in bursts of 15-20 minutes. Ask yourself if you really need to talk for longer. If you do, try to divide your speech into segments with a brief pause between each one.

Almost all presentations go on for longer in front of an audience. Practice until you can do it comfortably in less than the allotted time.

If you can save someone time then you instantly become a high value man in their eyes. Worst case scenario, you keep it brief and have more time for questions afterward.

Timing your statements keeps your message interesting longer. This is as true for public speaking as it is for stand-up comedy. Figure out how to make basic points as briefly as possible, then fill in the details where you have time.

#9 Not Engaging Your Audience

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Talk about things you know your audience is going to be interested in. If you can, talk about your topic in terms of their lives specifically.

As you speak, try to stick with mostly “you” statements. You should be constantly feeding the audience’s perception that this is directly relevant to them. A close second option is using “we” statements, creating the feeling that you and the audience are a team.

If you’re presenting to a small group, like a gathering around a conference table, you can alternate meeting each person’s eyes directly. For larger groups, move your gaze around the room.

Interact with your audience as much as you can. Ask them questions. Open the floor up to brainstorming. If they’re participating, they’ll be paying attention.

#10 Not Observing Other Speakers

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Never miss an opportunity to watch other public speakers in action.

Go to talks when you’re at conferences. Watch videos like mine online. Check the bulletin boards at your local college or library for public lectures (you can learn some really weird and cool stuff from those, too).

Exposing yourself to a wide range of speakers shows you both the good and the bad of public speaking.

I got to watch Ian Cleary of Razor Social speak recently, who’s an absolute master of the craft, and I was thinking to myself “man, I’ll never be as good as this guy.”

But at the same conference I saw enough presentations that made me think “okay, I’m at least this good” that I could feel positive about my skills, and aspire to get them closer to Ian’s level by learning from him!

#11 Not Moving Around

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Whatever room you’re in, own it!

Don’t hide behind the podium.

Move around and gesture when you talk. It’s much better to look too energetic than not energetic enough.

In a lot of public speaking settings (like business meetings and conferences), people have been doing the same sit-and-listen routine for a long time. You want to offer them something that looks and feels different to get them out of their mental rut.

In one presentation that I did with John Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, we only had 20 people or so and a fairly small space. When we got there, we moved the chairs into a big circle and had one “hot-seat” at the center that different people took at different points in the presentation.

The change in structure really helped break up the feeling of sitting and staring at screens while someone talks from up on stage. It gave people a sense that they were there getting one-on-one advice from some guys with big successes under their belt, which made the whole experience feel very valuable to them. We got great feedback on that one.

#12 Not Utilizing the Correct Body Language

Your body language adds credibility to your speech. Avoid crossing your arms (this is a defensive gesture which puts up a barrier between you and the audience) and try to avoid fiddling with your cuffs, wallet or buttons because this makes you look nervous.

Take time to watch how the professionals do it and remember to work the room.

That means not standing in one place like a statue – you should be animated to keep your audience’s attention.

Want to learn more about body language moves that can help you gain trust? Click here to check out the 3 Secret Body Language Moves That Help You Gain Instant Trust.

#13 Not Realizing Unconscious Bad Habits

You’ll spot some bad habits as you work on your body language – things like putting your hands in your pockets or touching your face while speaking.

But I’m willing to bet you also have some bad verbal habits. Watch out for ‘filler words’. Words like:

  • Uh
  • So
  • Well
  • You know
  • Like
  • I mean
  • Anyway
  • As I was saying

These weaken the impact of what you’re saying and make you come off as unsure, unprepared, and nervous.

How to break yourself of the habit? Try making a game of it. Create a ‘filler word jar’ and drop a quarter in there every time you use a filler word. Speaking without filler words will feel odd, but you can go a long way towards breaking this habit in just one day.

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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: 13 Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid In Your Presentation
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/public-speaking-tips/
Published Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 17:58:33 +0000

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