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Gents – as it gets colder, you can find yourself with a problem. Your dress shoes don’t give you the support or grip you need but you’re not prepared to throw style out of the window and pull on those practical but ugly boots just yet.

There is a solution to this predicament: a pair of stylish, practical and durable dress boots that not only withstand the colder weather but work to enhance your wardrobe.

In fact – the best men’s dress boots can add a touch of style to an otherwise dull outfit, giving you a rugged yet refined look.

And boots aren’t just limited to winter; the right boots can dress up a casual Autumnal or Spring outfit and they’re an awesome talking point because not enough men wear them.

In today’s article, I’m giving you 7 reasons boots are better than shoes.

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OK, before we get started – let me give you a quick rundown of the 3 main types of men’s boots:

Dress Boots

The design of dress boots is similar to the design of dress shoes. Typically, dress boots feature high-grade polished leather and a leather sole.

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Chelsea boots and Monk Strap boots are two examples of dress boots. As an alternative to traditional shoelaces, Chelsea boots leverage an elastic side panel that provides great ankle support. Monk Strap boots on the other hand leverage a buckle design and are slightly more formal than Chelsea boots.

Military Boots

Military boots are inspired by boots worn by military personnel from around the world. With a strong military heritage, these boots look very regimental and usually feature a cap toe design.

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Military boots almost always leverage a classic lace-up design which allows the wearer to easily alter the tension of the boot around his ankles. It is easy and cheap to replace the laces of a military boot unlike the elastic on a Chelsea boot or the buckles of a Monk Strap boot.

Casual Boots

Casual boots are typically made from softer leathers like suede. The purpose of these boots is to provide the wearer with a style suitable for wearing with more casual outfits.

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The Chukka boot is a great casual option that provides a smart-casual aesthetic. It leverages a basic lace-up system and doesn’t travel as far up the ankle as other boot designs.

 

Reason 1. Boots Are More Durable Than Shoes

Durability refers to how tough and hard-wearing a pair of boots is. Put simply – if you’re looking out for quality clothes of any kind you always want to consider durability a top priority.

Here’s why. Just like the human body, harsh weather can easily take its toll on the quality and condition of fabrics and materials.

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Looking for a quality boot? Click here to discover The Captain – a comfortable, durable and versatile cap toe boot.

What Are The Most Durable Boots?

Fabrics like suede and canvas just aren’t cut out for the trials of the unpredictable weather – avoid these at all costs when buying a pair of durable men’s boots. Instead – opt for leather.

Usually sourced from cattle hide, a good cut of leather has the strength and durability to hold its own against rain, wind and snow. Leather is also 100% waterproof – if cared for and maintained properly.

To keep your boots up to scratch you’ve only got to do a few simple things. Make sure you polish them frequently, condition them every week with a leather conditioner and ensure you dry them off when they get wet. Waterproofing spray is also a good idea to keep that leather looking great for longer.

If your boots get wet, stuff them with newspaper. This helps dry them out, alleviates odor and prevents the boot from deforming as it dries.

In summary – leather is just about the best material for durability and is an essential choice for any man wanting a pair of hard-wearing boots.

 

Reason 2. Boots Are Tougher Than Shoes

It’s simple gents – boots are designed to be tougher than shoes. Most good boot makers want their boots to last a lifetime – through intense use and all kinds of harsh conditions. After all, what’s the use of a boot that falls apart after its first hike through the wilderness?

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What Materials Are Boots Made Of?

The best men’s boots leverage a Goodyear Welt or a Blake stitch to ensure their soles stay put and match the high-grade leather the boots are made from.

The Goodyear Welt is a long piece of leather that is stitched around the base edge of a shoe. It is designed to be unstitched when the sole of the shoe needs replacing. This means you are able to replace the sole of your boot without damaging other parts of its construction.

Blake Stitching attaches the outer sole of the shoe to the insole using tough stitches that require a stitch unpicker to remove. Although this makes it harder to replace the sole of your boot, it does provide a lighter construction and allows for more flexible movement.

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Click here to discover The Explorer – a streamlined take on the traditional American combat boot.

Let’s face it – boots are bulky compared to your average shoe. Is that a bad thing? Definitely not – boots are built to last and are some of the toughest shoes a man can buy.

You need to make sure that you buy boots with the right type of leather to suit your personal needs. Boots made from glossier leathers like patent leather are great for the office but can quickly ruin if exposed to the outdoors.

You also need to consider the grade of your leather. Leather comes in several different grades each with its own level of quality or durability. These are:

  • Full-grain – thick and rugged leather that hasn’t been sanded down or buffed
  • Top-grain – leather with a split layer with imperfections buffed away
  • Genuine – leather that has had an artificial grain (or texture) applied to its surface
  • Bonded – a mixture of leather scraps bonded together with synthetic materials

Better quality products are made from higher grades of leather. Luxury items are typically made from top-grain leather while cheaper items are made from bonded or genuine leather. Often, higher quality means a higher price tag so choose a grade that’s right for you and be careful not to overstretch your budget.

 

Reason 3. Boots Give You More Grip Than Shoes

Ever slip over on ice or fall down a muddy hill? I know I have – it hurts and doesn’t do much for a man’s image. No one wants to be covered in mud while their friends laugh at their comedic tumble.

You need a good thick sole with a heavy tread.

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Brown work boots with a thick white sole

How Can You Tell If Boots Are Non-Slip?

Leather soles look great but they’re not the best when it comes to traction. Scoring the sole with a sharp knife will create instant tread and help create friction on slippery surfaces. Alternatively, apply an inexpensive stick-on sole.

Think about it – if you were driving cross country you’d fit your 4×4 with off-roading tyres. The same principle applies to your footwear. The thicker the tread the safer your treading will be.

 

Reason 4. Boots Give You More Support Than Shoes

Is there anything worse than stepping in a puddle and water filling up your shoes? Socks wet, feet cold and day ruined. There really isn’t any coming back from that.

The solution? Avoid that situation altogether and experiment with different height options.

Now – I’ll be honest with you. Most men’s boots come in at around ankle height – varying by about an inch either above or below the ankle line.

This allows for a great level of protection against the cold and wet. Depending on the style – an ankle-length boot can be worn with jeans, trousers or a suit.

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Brown Suede Chelsea boots with a Blake Stitch sole

Chelsea boots and desert boots look great with a suit while military-style lace-ups are more casual in their appearance – so make sure you choose the right look to suit your lifestyle and wardrobe.

Do Boots Support Your Ankles?

The high sides of a boot don’t just stop the elements attacking your feet. They also provide an enhanced level of support to your ankles during longer sessions of walking.

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Click here to discover The Scout – a stylish and robust chukka boot great for smart casual outfits

Seriously – this is a surprisingly important part of footwear that many men overlook.

Ankle support is essential for keeping your feet and legs healthy when walking long distances. I’m not just talking about hikes Gents – did you know the recommended step count for the average American is 10,000 steps? That’s about 5 miles of walking every day.

With a lot of guys walking close to that on a daily basis, it’s becoming a necessity to think about your ankle support throughout the working week. Boots grip your ankles and force them into a good posture for walking.

Unlike when wearing shoes, it’s almost impossible for a man’s ankle to bend away from the foot while walking in boots. This makes it less likely that you’ll twist your ankle while walking or damage it when you trip up and stumble.

A good pair of durable men’s boots will provide you with strong ankle support that not only protects against the elements but also prevents common ankle problems as well.

 

Reason 5. Boots Give You More Protection Than Shoes

The best men’s boots should protect your ankles. I never realized quite how sharp rocks can be until I walked across some in a pair of thin rubber-soled trainers.

The sole of your foot is one of the most sensitive areas of your body so you want to make sure you’re protecting it at all costs.

When in the office we don’t have to worry too much about the uneven ground – but if you’re ever on a rocky terrain you better make sure you’re wearing shoes that will keep those soles protected from the ground you tread.

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Red Wing boots that feature a Blake Stitch sole

Do Boots Protect Your Feet?

As well as providing good traction, the sole of a boot also creates a firm rubber barrier between your feet and the rough ground. Dress shoes and trainers tend to have thin leather or rubber soles which don’t provide much protection from the elements.

Durable men’s boots on the other hand typically feature thicker soles with better tread – allowing for a more comfortable experience when walking in harsh weather and rougher terrain.

 

6. Boots Give You More Versatility Than Shoes

Dress boots are far more versatile than dress shoes.

Wearing formal dress shoes with jeans never looks good. Jeans can be used in smart casual outfits from time to time but when wearing them with really formal shoes like monk straps a man can look like he doesn’t know how to dress properly. Many formal shoes carry the same problem so it’s a good idea to avoid this pairing at any cost.

However, wearing dress boots with jeans is a different story altogether.

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Brown leather Chelsea boots with turned-up slim jeans

Which Boots Are The Most Versatile?

The slightly bulkier structure of a boot creates a more casual aesthetic which means many boots can be worn both with jeans and with a suit and tie.

Chelsea boots are a great example of this. Pairing black or brown Chelsea boots with jeans can look very stylish and make you stand out from the crowds of men wearing sneakers and sandals. They can provide a very classy edge to an otherwise casual outfit.

The best thing? Those same Chelsea boots can be worn with a suit and tie to the office provided you think carefully about the way your outfit is put together. Make sure you stick to the classic rules of tailoring and ensure that your boot color matches the color of your belt and wristwatch strap.

7. Boots Are Sexier Than Shoes

Guys – functionality isn’t the only reason to wear a good pair of boots.

You know what they say. The first thing a woman notices about a man is his footwear. Let me tell you – women find a stylish pair of boots hugely attractive. Boots show confidence, power, and style.

What more could a woman want in a man?

Are Boots Attractive to Women?

Whether it be a sleek Chelsea boot or a more hard-wearing military lace-up, women find a man in boots both unique and enticing. Use that to your advantage Gents.

Wanna know more about the attraction level of men’s boots? Check out my full explanation of men’s boot sex appeal over on my website.

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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Published Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 17:58:33 +0000

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