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Winter is here. You’ve your boots, jeans, flannel shirts and pea coat ready to go.

But you’re missing one thing – your cold-weather cologne.

“But Antonio, I’ve already got a go-to fragrance! Why do I need a new one?”

Because as the temperature plummets, your light summer fragrance just won’t cut it anymore.

You need a scent with warmer notes like leather, amber and tobacco.

But there are 1000s of options out there. And trust me, all that choice can be confusing and overwhelming so in today’s article, I’ve done the hard work for you.

I break out my top 15 cold weather colognes by category – starting with luxury colognes, then most complimented before finishing with the most cost-effective.

By the end of this article, you’ll have found your perfect cold-weather fragrance so you can focus your energies on smelling awesome this winter!

 

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Does Cold Weather Affect Cologne? – This Is Why You Need a Winter Scent

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You might be wondering why you need a specific cologne for the winter. The fact is, lighter, summer scents don’t work as well in the colder weather. As temperatures fall, so does your skin’s moisture levels which causes it to become drier. And dry skin does not hold on to cologne as well as hydrated skin.

A light, summer scent will simply dissipate in the colder weather so you need a cologne which is stronger with heavier base notes and you need to look for scents with projection and longevity:

  • Projection is the distance a fragrance can project its aroma away from you and still be detected by others. This is usually measured in feet.
  • Longevity is how long a fragrance will last and is usually measured in hours.

What is a Winter Scent? – The Makings of a Winter Cologne

Winter colognes have warm, spicy, heavy notes like cedar, musk, leather and tobacco. Compare this to summer fragrances which have lighter notes such as lemon, bergamot, clementine and thyme.

Quick Reference: What are Fragrance Notes?

Fragrance notes are a way of categorizing the scents that make up a cologne or fragrance:

  • Top notes are the top layer you internally smell and only last 5-15 minutes before transitioning into the heart notes.
  • Heart notes serve as a buffer to the base notes and last 20-60 minutes on average.
  • Base notes are the building blocks upon which every fragrance is based. They last the longest and are very rich and decadent. This is the majority of what you will smell throughout the entire duration of your scent.

With the fundamentals out of the way, let’s focus on my top winter fragrances. I’ve categorized these into ‘Luxury’, ‘Most Complimented’ and ‘Cheap’.

5 Luxury Men’s Winter Fragrances

Let’s start with the most expensive options on my list – for the man with deep pockets.

1. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

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Considered to be a niche fragrance in some circles, Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille is a unique oriental and spicy fragrance. This is a rich and powerful fragrance that can overwhelm some people. Tobacco Vanille is polarizing – some hate it, some love it.

I love this scent’s ability to blend so many layers that peel back throughout your day as you wear it. Tobacco Vanille opens with a potent blend of vanilla and tobacco leaves. It then morphs into different layers of spice with a bit of sugar on top.

This fragrance lasts forever and a little goes a long way, so be careful. Tobacco Vanille is sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

  • Top Notes: Tobacco Leaf, Spicy Notes
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Tobacco Blossom, Vanilla, Cacao
  • Base Notes: Dried Fruits, Woody Notes

2. Creed Royal Oud

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For many men, Creed Royal Oud is one of the best winter colognes. It combines woody notes with sweet notes to make an elegant, sophisticated and mature scent.

Royal Oud breaks onto the scene with a powerful opening that some may see as too harsh. This scent matures on your skin, much like Tobacco Vanille – peeling back layers of wood, pepper and spice.

After a few hours, Royal Oud becomes more subdued with cedar, sandalwood and a light sense of oud.

Olivier Creed (its creator) aimed for a smooth meet seductive mix – think Robin Hood meets Don Giovanni. Creed launched Royal Oud in 2011 and it has been a best seller ever since.

  • Top Notes: Lemon, Pink Pepper, Sicilian Bergamot
  • Heart Notes: Cedar, Galbanum, Angelica
  • Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Sandalwood, Musk
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3. DATE for Men

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Created by my friend, Jeremy Fragrance – DATE for Men is an oriental, fruity powerhouse. Jeremy worked with legendary perfume artist Alberto Morillas on this new fragrance and it launched in 2019.

DATE for Men makes me feel dashing and masculine while still flirtatious. Jeremy stated that this fragrance goes through the stages of a date with each layer of notes.

Its opening notes are a fruity clash, it has heart notes of patchouli and base notes of oud. DATE for Men is a fantastic fragrance at a premium price, and it’ll make you feel amazing on any date.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Juniper Berry
  • Heart Notes: Patchouli, Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Vetiver

4. Carlisle by Parfums de Marly

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Carlisle by Parfums de Marly is a fruity floral scent that shocks your senses. Unusually for a winter fragrance, it has a burst of fruitiness which sets it aside from the other scents on this list.

This scent invokes images of grand ballroom soirees and elaborate decor with warm heart notes of a smooth tonic bean. This scent is elegant with a playful sexiness. Carlisle is a niche fragrance that will help you to stand out in a crowd.

Parfums de Marly aimed for this scent to be a combination of warmth and darkness, making it a fantastic winter fragrance with amazing projection.

If you are worried about the higher price, rest assured that two sprays of Carlisle will last almost 8 hours.

  • Top Notes: Green Apple, Nutmeg
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Rose
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli

5. Black Phantom by Kilian

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Black Phantom by Kilian is another one of the best winter colognes for men and consists primarily of synthetic edible notes such as honey, vanilla and chocolate.

Created by Sidonie Lancesseur, Black Phantom is a woody gourmand that pleases everyone. Its top notes glitter like a glass of rum rimmed with sugar, which makes way for a “caramel, boozy mix.” This scent evokes thoughts of smoky, dark bars with velvet chairs and a jazz combo playing in the corner.

While Kilian’s Black Phantom is a unisex fragrance, it’s still very masculine and beloved by women.

  • Top Notes: Rhum, Sugar Cane, Dried Grape, Vanilla
  • Heart Notes: Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel, Almond
  • Base Notes: Iris, Vetiver, Sandalwood
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5 Most Complimented Men’s Winter Colognes

Moving on to my list of crowd-pleasers. These fragrances might not be unique but in many people’s eyes, these are the best winter colognes because they’ll get you a ton of compliments. And who doesn’t want that, right?

1. Dolce & Gabbana The One

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No list of winter fragrances is complete without Dolce & Gabbana’s The One. This scent is an intoxicating mix of woody and creamy notes. The cologne’s creator Stefano Gabbana stated that he set out to make “a classic men’s fragrance that would last for years and be the type of scent that women adore.” Amen to that!

Gabbana certainly didn’t disappoint with this scent and is far more complex than he let on. The One opens with a unique combination of grapefruit and coriander with fresh basil. This creates a bitter opening that continues throughout the scent, giving it a very masculine feel.

The spicy heart notes invoke a festive vibe while the base notes create a sweet vanilla tobacco accord. It is interesting to note that many famous names have been associated with this fragrance, including Matthew McConaughey and Kit Harington.

Dolce & Gabbana’s The One is an intoxicating scent that combines bitter with sweet and is perfect for any close encounters during those cold winter nights.

  • Top Notes: Coriander, Basil, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Tobacco

2. Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum

Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum

Another trendy fragrance, Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum, is the most intense scent of the Chanel collection. This version (which is springier than the original) was released in the summer of 2014.

Bleu de Chanel is a perfect fit for any occasion. Never too intrusive or penetrating while still giving you a confidence boost every time you catch a whiff of the scent.

This scent expresses independence with a woody-aromatic composition with oriental amber as well. The EDP version adds depth to all the original notes with more velvet amber woods, giving it a much warmer feeling.

Although it can be used in the spring, Bleu de Chanel works in the winter due to its playful aromatic profile that mixes reassurance with sensuality. Women find this irresistible.

  • Top Notes: Lemon, Pink Pepper, Bergamot, Coriander, Mint, Aldehydes, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Melon, Jasmine, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber, Incense, Amberwood

3. Versace Eros

Versace Eros

Versace’s Eros is a fragrance for the man who is his own master. This scent was launched in 2012 and has roots in Greek mythology.

Versace stated this scent aims to reveal and release unrestrained passion and accentuate desire. The fragrance is named after the Greek god Eros and uses the goddess Medusa as a symbol on the bottle.

This powerhouse cologne features a mint oil combined with fruit, tonic, and ambroxan to make a unique combination of notes that works well in and out of the office.

Versace Eros is a fantastic crowd-pleaser that will get you compliments.

  • Top Notes: Mint, Green Apple, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Geranium, Ambroxan
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Cedar

Click here to read my article – How Many Should YOU Own? Ultimate Guide To Men’s Cologne Types

4. Stronger With You by Emporio Armani

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Stronger With You by Giorgio Armani was launched in 2017 and was created by Cecile Matton. One of the best winter colognes, Stronger with You is an Aromatic Fougere fragrance that has become a pillar of the Armani fragrance line.

Armani’s Stronger With You was released with two other Armani fragrances to be an audible expression of the true love of our times. This scent is meant to evoke the smell of love with its breath-taking mix of spices, fruit and warmth.

Like 1 Million and Tom Ford’s Noir Extreme, Stronger With You by Giorgio Armani is a fantastic fragrance that uplifts you and is like comfort in a bottle.

  • Top Notes: Cardamom, Pink Pepper, Violet Leaf, Mint
  • Heart Notes: Pineapple, Sage, Melon, Cinnamon, Lavender
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Chestnut, Cedar, Amberwood. Guaiac Wood

5. 1 Million Prive by Paco Rabanne

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1 Million Prive was launched in 2016 by the famous fragrance house Paco Rabanne. Christophe Raynaud created this cologne – classified as a woody oriental fragrance full of contrasts.

Prive opens with a combination of blood mandarin and cinnamon that harkens back to the original 1 Million and then builds into a heart of tobacco and myrrh. The base is a warm and sensual blend of patchouli and tonka bean.

1 Million Prive is the type of fragrance that envelops you as you wear it. This is a cozy scent with the cinnamon and patchouli spice giving the composition a more significant edge.

  • Top Notes: Cinnamon, Blood Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Tobacco, Myrrh
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli

 

5 Cheap Men’s Winter Colognes That Are Actually Great

Not all colognes have to be expensive! These scents will leave you smelling great and won’t break the bank.

1. Dior Fahrenheit

Dior Fahrenheit

Not as popular as Sauvage, Fahrenheit by Christian Dior is a classic first launched in 1988. This fragrance was innovative at the time of release due to Dior aggressively using leather as a note.

Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Maurice Roger created Fahrenheit. The pair made a bold, masculine scent that mixes leather and violet for any man looking to exude confidence and make a statement.

Even though it’s over 30 years old, this scent still smells modern and new. The opening notes are very fruity but they quickly make way for woody heart notes and finally, the strong base note of leather – which is very prevalent throughout the fragrance’s life.

This cologne can be divisive as it seems to be a love it or hate it fragrance. Still, no matter where you fall in that discussion – you have to admit that this is an iconic cologne for men and is the epitome of a well-groomed bad-ass.

Fahrenheit by Dior is a timeless fragrance that is strong and bold and will make you exude confidence and masculinity. Be careful not to spray too much – it’s very potent.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Hawthorn, Nutmeg Flower, Cedar, Bergamot, Chamomile, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Nutmeg, Honeysuckle, Carnation, Sandalwood, Violet Leaf, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley, Cedar
  • Base Notes: Leather, Tonka Bean, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Vetiver

2. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani

Armani Code by Giorgio Armani

Winner of the FiFi Award for Fragrance of the Year “Men’s Luxe” in 2006, Armani Code by Giorgio Armani was released in 2004 and has been a staple in many men’s cologne collections. This oriental spicy fragrance was developed by Antoine Lie, Antoine Maisondieu and Clement Gavarry.

Armani Code is a mixture of citrus, wood, spice and everything nice. It opens with a deep citrus with mild pepper, which then moves away to reveal gourmand notes in the heart. The base notes make an overall musky base with plenty of sweet and bitter notes.

It’s been said that this cologne entices the senses and draws out exotic and vintage imagery, making any woman irresistibly attracted to you – this makes it an excellent choice for a winter date.

Armani Code by Giorgio Armani is one of the industry’s most iconic and contemporary fragrances for men. This scent will last all day, through your entire date and well into the night – if needed.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon
  • Middle Notes: Star Anise, Olive Blossom, Guaiac Wood
  • Base Notes: Leather, Tobacco, Tonka Bean

3. Burberry London For Men

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Burberry’s London for Men is another excellent fragrance that doesn’t break the bank. Antoine Maisondieu created a unique combination of sweet, sour, tobacco, and pepper to make a versatile scent.

Often called “Christmas in a bottle”, London for Men has a cinnamon and black pepper opening. The tobacco in this scent has a cherry feeling to it, giving this fragrance a sweet and spicy feel, with tobacco leaf and wood – and a side of soft leather.

Similar to Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford, London for Men can be a divisive scent. It takes confidence to pull off correctly.

Burberry’s London for Men harkens back to a simpler time of chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Nat King Cole on the radio. For this reason, it is and forever will be a timeless winter scent.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Cinnamon
  • Middle Notes: Mimosa, Leather
  • Base Notes: Opoponax, Tobacco Leaf, Guaiac Wood, Oakmoss

4. CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein

mens cold weather colognes CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein

One of the best winter colognes comes from Calvin Klein. CK One Shock for Him is an aromatic spicy oriental scent which is more robust than the original CK One. Launched in 2011 and created by Ann Gottlieb, this is a deep and complex scent.

CK One Shock for Men is a refined, oriental scent despite the loud packaging and the low price. The first words that come to my mind when using this are “warm” and “fresh.”

Like London for Men, One Shock opens with fruity notes and transitions into pepper and finally reveals the tobacco base notes. The best way to describe this scent is as if a cigar is in the middle of a luscious green forest.

CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein is a fantastic choice for a winter scent – it’s affordable, complex and refined. This unique yet inoffensive fragrance is a compliment generating machine that you can’t go wrong with.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Clementine, Cucumber
  • Middle Notes: Osmanthus, Cardamom, Basil, Pepper
  • Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Tobacco, Woodsy Notes

5. CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera

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CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera is an updated version and combination of CH and CH Men. Another one of the best winter colognes, CH Men Prive was released in 2015 and is classified as a woody oriental scent.

The composition of CH Men Prive is a combination of whiskey, wood and leather with accords of grapefruit and pomelo. This fragrance oozes sex appeal along with elegance and luxury.

CH Men Prive is a blend of sensuality and evocative allure, making a modern yet timeless intoxicating scent that is a fantastic offering from Carolina Herrera.

  • Top Notes: Whiskey, Grapefruit, Pomelo
  • Heart Notes: Cardamom, Lavender, Sage, Red Thyme
  • Base Notes: Leather, Tonka Bean, Woody Notes, Benzoin

Conclusion

Best Luxury Men’s Winter Fragrances:

  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
  • Creed Royal Oud
  • DATE for Men
  • Carlisle by Parfums de Marly
  • Black Phantom by Killian

Most Complimented Men’s Winter Colognes:

  • Dolce & Gabbana The One
  • Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum
  • Versace Eros
  • Stronger With You by Emporio Armani
  • 1 Million Prive by Paco Rabanne

Cost-Effective Men’s Winter Colognes:

  • Dior Fahrenheit
  • Armani Code by Giorgio Armani
  • Burberry London For Men
  • CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein
  • CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera

I’ve given you my top men’s cold weather colognes but I’ve only just brushed the surface of the fascinating world that is men’s fragrances. If you’re keen to learn more, read my article Introduction To Fragrance, Cologne, Eau De Toilette & Perfume | Why & How To Wear Fragrances. Once you get into this stuff, you’ll be hooked!

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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

man observing audience before presentation

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

man making presentation among colleagues

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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Spring 2024 Men’s Style Trends: What to Wear This Season

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As the world goes in circles, so do the styles we adopt. The fashion world goes in cycles, and each brings with it a brand-new set of trends. For every decorative sock that lasts a decade, there is a big red boot that thankfully dies out quickly.

The Spring of 2024 brings with it a particular theme for the new season. It is a season of throwbacks.

Grab your vinyl, rewind your tapes, and turn on the clapper; this season is all about reviving past decades. 

Dressing Old Is New This Spring

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In the last few years, we have seen fashion progress further and further. Every once in a while, providing new takes on something from the olden days. Most of the time, it is driven by the movies and TV shows we watch.

  • “Peaky Blinders” reminded us how incredible and intimidating the undercut was before we started wearing it again.
  • “Stranger Things” gave us all fits of nostalgia with the 80s awesomeness and caused the return of the denim jacket with a vengeance.
  • “Yellowstone” shines a bright light on just how manly workwear is, causing us to begin wearing Carhartt coats and vests like we’re driving cattle.

This Spring, all of that continues as the 90s are going to be particularly pillaged. You’ll see a collection of throwbacks your grandfather and father rocked. If you’re lucky, you can raid their closets for some gems.

The 70s Knit And Crocheted Polos Are Back

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One of the first things you will see this season is the throwback look of the vintage polos.

Of course, it all started last year when the British brand Percival became the talk of the town for Hollywood celebs. Everyone from Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans to Dwayne Johnson and Kit Harrington sported the brand’s throwback button-down knit polos.

It takes a while for trends to reach the New World sometimes, and this season, America will blow the trend up even further with button-down polos that will make you feel like a superhero. 

80s Love Of Denim Is On The Rebound

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In the days of hair bands and cheezy action movies, jean jackets were the rage.

Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and others sported them all over the stage and screen. Action heroes like Mel Gibson used them to show off their masculinity in apocalyptic worlds or on the streets of LA.

They were a sign of the time’s rebellion, and it looks as though we as a society are ready for the uprising again as the denim jacket is back with a vengeance. Expect to see people wearing them in casual and elevated situations. 

The Return Of The Pleat Strengthens This Spring

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Pleats were all the rage in the mid-20th century. Even the Army uniform included pleated pants. They then became the things of older adults and nerds in the nineties and all but disappeared.

The only people that wore them were the guys with big thighs and tiny waists. A function more than a fashion. Thanks to the year of the throwback, pleats are coming back. 

Tailor and brand owner Sid Mashburn addressed the resurgence of the pleat with a bit of rebellious psychology. “Back then, pleated pants were pretty prevalent, and most of what was worn I would consider ‘your father’s plated pants’ – big and billowy,” he said.

“In the decade since, plain-front pants have become the norm, so now it almost feels punk rock to wear pleats.”

Expect to see your favorite celebrities and fashion models rocking the pleats like it is 1957 all over again. We should put on the Beatles while we’re at it.

Bring Back The Oxford Button-Down Shirt

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Speaking of bringing back something from your ancestors, the Oxford shirt is back.

From the Ivy League campuses to the 80s Wall Street, the button-down collar has a long history of elevated status. It continued its popularity throughout the 90s. Only to fall on hard times at the turn of the century.

Sometime after Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears broke up, the Oxford became exclusive to older men and sports shirts. They became remnants of a time long forgotten.

Lucky for us, this year will see a resurgence of another 80s and 90s staple, the button-down. JT and Britney are probably hopeless. 

Brad Pitt May Be Your Style Inspiration With The Bucket Hat

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Remember what we said earlier? That movies dictate the fashion comebacks.

Well, sometimes it is the actor who can’t let go of the fashion item they sport in the film. In this case, the bucket hat is about to burst onto the scene.

Brad Pitt wore a bucket hat in his hit from last summer, “Bullet Train.” It was a part of his character, making him appear more disarming. Now, you see him everywhere wearing that hat.

And the populace is nothing if not in tune with what the world’s biggest names are wearing. So get ready to pick up a bucket hat because every store in the world will be ready to capitalize on the power of Brad Pitt. 

Spring 2024 Is Bringing Baggy Back

man in wide leg jeans

At some point, following Y2K, clothes began to shrink. Gone were the days of the baggy sweaters (Dawson and Pacey taught us all how cool those were).

We waved goodbye to the wide-leg pants (even the skaters reluctantly parted ways). And we embraced the slimmer, more put-together-looking silhouettes of the 2000s.

Of course, fashion is a process, and once something gets started, it has to keep going. Jeans, shirts, suits, everything got slimmer and slimmer. It began to get so bad that we had to start wrapping ourselves in our clothes like plastic wrap as opposed to wearing them.

Thankfully, we have come to our senses as a society, and the world is getting more relaxed. Jeans are wider, sweaters are more oversized, and suits are roomier. James Van Der Beek is jumping for joy. 

Square-Toes Are Back

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The square-toed shoes. These were some of the most celebrated dismissals from our closets when the tides of fashion turned with the century.

Whether you were selling Kias or serving breadsticks at Olive Garden, it seemed the squared-toe slip-ons were the go-to shoe.

We then moved to the extreme opposite pointed toe that looked perfect for the Wicked Witch. Then spent a decade rounding them off little by little until the square is the logical next step, which happened last year. 

Avidan Grossman of GQ predicts 2024 is the time to see them again. “In 2023, luxury powerhouses like Prada and Marni, along with zeitgeisty labels like Martine Rose and Our Legacy, transformed the once-hapless silhouette into a just-left-field-enough flex. Expect to see a lot more of it this year.”

Colors Are Getting More Muted And Old-School

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Colors have always been a way to express ourselves. Whether blue brings out our eyes or teal makes us feel more playful, it has always been a fun way to show who we are.

Of course, we can go overboard, and we always seem to. As colors got more outlandish, the fashion world began preparing for the inevitable reset. And it is here in 2024 that the reset button is primed to push us back to the 60s and 70s. 

Leading color of the year authority, Pantone, says the color for Spring 2024 is 13-1023. That is Peach Fuzz if you don’t have it memorized. It is a softer color, harkening back to Marsha Brady and the walls and floors of our grandmother’s home.

Combine that with the burnt orange and avocado greens we’re seeing from retailers, and we might have to watch “Smokey and the Bandit” again. 

Length Will Be Crucial

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Length has always been a funny thing. Back in the 90s, you got made fun of if your pants were too short. You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing high waters.

Then, it became cool to wear shorter pants. Either to show off your vibrant and crazy socks or to show you’re too cool for them altogether.

Now, length is a conversation again. Only in multiple places and heading in different directions. 

  • Men’s shorts keep the same trend as last season, and we’re ditching the long shorts for the 5″ or the 7″ options.
  • We’re seeing more and more men crop their shirts. You worked hard on those abs this off-season. Show them off the way rockers did in the 80s.
  • Suit jackets are getting longer again. Be ready for length to return to the middle of the fingers again, abandoning the shorter look.
  • The same goes for the coats. We’re not saying everyone will be in trench coats again like it’s the 1940s. But it wouldn’t be a stretch.

Workwear Is Clocking Out For Spring

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Finally, “Yellowstone” did it. It solidified the return of workwear.

Carhartt coats.

Canvas vests.

And even the good ol’ 90s carpenter jeans are on the way back.

If you are a fan of the rugged aesthetic and have been missing your blue-collar glory, now’s the time. 

Spring 2024 is a season for nostalgia and remembering the things we loved in the past. It is also about taking the past and bringing it to today with a better look and feel.

Adopt any of these looks without looking outdated, and you will be the stylish man in your group.

Read next: Old Money Aesthetic: How To Dress Rich And Look Stylish

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