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Considering a ring?

Let’s be honest – when it comes to this subject, most men don’t have a clue. The majority of us will only ever wear one ring – a wedding ring – and even then, we’re not that comfortable in jewelry stores.

Plus there are thousands of options out there. Different rings symbolize different things – there are rings designed to be worn on individual fingers and others only suitable for specific occasions.

And that’s before we even get into the types of metal.

So how do you know which ring is right for you? Unless your best friend is a jeweler, it’s overwhelming and confusing.

Let me make it simple. Once you’ve read this article, you’ll be able to walk into a jewelry store with confidence; you’ll be able to ask the right questions and avoid overspending.

Ready? Let’s get started!

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Contents – Ultimate Guide To Men’s Rings

  • History of Men’s Rings
  • Popular Men’s Ring Styles
  • Metal Types Used for Men’s Rings
  • Non-Metal Men’s Ring Types
  • What Gemstones are Used in Men’s Rings?
  • Meaning of Color in Men’s Rings

A Brief History of Men’s Rings

old mens signet ring

Ancient rings were similar to modern-day signet rings but would be pressed into wax or ink to stamp one’s seal of approval.

Men have worn rings since the Egyptian times when they were used as personal identification and as a signature. Egyptians believed rings had supernatural powers and symbolized eternal love. They wore their rings on the left hand’s 4th finger because they believed the vein of love ran through this finger to the head.

These ancient rings were similar to modern-day signet rings and would be pressed into wax or ink to stamp one’s seal of approval. It was actually illegal for seal-makers to keep an impression of a ring they sold to avoid identity theft.

Fast forward to the 8th century BC and Roman men wore rings made from silver, gold, bronze, iron, and jet. These sometimes had precious stones or jewels set in them, although they were initially a plain iron hoop. When a Roman woman accepted a ring, it became a legally binding agreement whereby she was bound to be obedient to her husband.

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Three examples of Roman rings

Interestingly, the ring you wore showed your social class. Only the upper classes could wear gold rings while other citizens could wear silver or bronze and slaves weren’t permitted to wear rings at all.

Ever wonder where the term “keyring” came from? Roman clothing had no pockets so people would often wear a finger-ring and hang their house keys from it.

Medieval and Renaissance Britain had many uses for rings, including signets for identification, rings with merchant’s marks, rings for political identification, and rings, which demonstrated professional rank. Much like the Roman Empire, rings also denoted social class and your job type.

 

Most Popular Styles of Men’s Rings

Men’s Signet Rings

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A signet ring – note the flat top featuring an intricate design.

The word signet comes from the Latin word “signum,” which means “mark” or “sign.” A signet ring has a flat top surface featuring a personal or family crest design. The idea is that when the wearer presses the ring into liquid sealing wax, it leaves an impression. Ancient Greeks created signet rings out of marble, limestone, and ivory and used them for identification purposes.

Throughout the centuries, the signet ring evolved. During World War II, US Air Force Personnel obtained signet rings containing a hidden compartment that held a compass or message.

Nowadays, signet rings tend to be a fashion accessory.

How to Wear a Signet Ring

Traditions of the placement of signet rings vary depending on the country. In England, men wore a signet ring on the little finger of the non-dominant hand. The French wore it on the right finger of the left hand. Men in Switzerland traditionally wore a signet on the right finger of the right hand and in the Middle East, a signet ring is worn on the middle finger or the thumb.

Types of Signet Rings

  • Round – rounded bevel in a variety of sizes
  • Oxford – square bevel with rounded corners, similar to a seat cushion
  • Straight Oval – a broad oval, the most common and traditional type
  • Bulbous Oval – large, heavy signet rings with a classic look
  • Octagon – 8 sided, very unique and geometric, the most modern style

When to Wear a Signet Ring

Traditional signet ring etiquette is dependent on whether the man is married. If a married man wore a signet ring on the left ring finger, it was interpreted as a wedding ring.

 

Men’s Wedding Rings

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In 16th and 17th century Europe, men would sometimes wear Gimmel rings made of two interlocking circles. The groom and bride would wear one ring each while engaged. During the wedding ceremony, the groom would put his band on the bride’s finger, thus completing the circles.

Because of the wars and conflicts in the early 20th century, men began wearing a wedding band as a way of remembering their spouses back home.

How To Wear a Wedding Ring 

Wedding rings are always worn on the ring finger but the hand it’s worn on varies from culture to culture. In many cultures, the wedding band is worn on the right hand because it is used for oaths and vows. Other cultures wear a wedding ring on the left hand because it’s believed the vein of love runs through this finger. Wedding bands are also worn on the left-hand because it’s the less dominant hand for most.

The placement of the “ring” finger is also credited to using this finger the least.

When To Wear a Wedding Ring

Wedding rings are worn when a man is married. Not wearing a wedding band when married is often seen as improper or suspicious. Couples often pick out matching wedding bands to signify their love and dedication to each other.

 

Men’s Pinky Rings

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Pinky rings came into popularity in 18th century England. In the Victorian Era, men and women wore pinky rings to indicate they were uninterested in marriage. In the 20th century, men made pinky rings a fashion statement – they were an expression of freedom and style. Wealthy American men followed the British tradition of wearing a signet ring on their pinky.

Franklin Roosevelt famously wore a pinky signet ring.

Pinky rings became associated with organized crime in the US and they would often indicate the wearer’s affiliation with the Mafia – giving it a negative connotation.

How to Wear a Pinky Ring

Traditionally, the pinky ring was worn on the left-hand pinky finger. However, this rule is not set in stone – Winston Churchill famously wore his signet ring on the right-hand pinky finger.

When to Wear a Pinky Ring

Pinky rings can be worn for any occasion but are often considered more formal. A pinky ring is an expression of style and comes in a wide range of shapes and styles. Signet rings are typically worn as pinky rings too.

 

Men’s Thumb Rings

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Thumb rings date back to the Egyptian era. They believed that thumb rings would ward off evil spirits and avoid disease.

Another use of thumb rings – protection during archery. When drawing a bow using a thumb draw, the thumb is hooked around the bowstring and, over time, can cut into your thumb. The thumb ring protects the inner pad of the archer’s thumb.

Traditionally, women would wear their deceased husband’s thumb ring as a way of preserving their memory. Thumb rings also signify freedom. It’s believed that having a ring on your thumb means you are a strong and independent individual. The larger the thumb ring – the more independent the wearer.

Today, thumb rings are worn to signify freedom and sexual preference.

How to Wear a Thumb Ring

A thumb ring is an excellent option for men who want to wear more than one ring due to the distance between the thumb and the other fingers.

When to Wear a Thumb Ring

Thumb rings can be worn in any situation but are often frowned upon in job interviews. They’re particularly an easy way to express your freedom and individuality. Often a thumb ring will include a large gemstone such as a diamond or ruby. Men usually have their birthstone in their thumb rings.

 

Most Popular Metal Types in Men’s Rings

When it comes to the types of metal, it’s important to understand 2 terms:

  1. Luster – how the metal reflects light (how “shiny” it is)
  2. Mohs Hardness Scale – ranks minerals based on resistance to scratching

 

Men’s Ring Material – Sterling Silver

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Sterling silver is the most famous silver alloy. It’s been used for centuries and is the standard silver alloy in most parts of the world. Today, silver is used less for rings as it tarnishes quickly and there are better options. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver combined with 7.5% copper to create a more durable and wearable metal. The issue with Sterling silver is that it tarnishes quickly.

The copper contents in the alloy cause Sterling silver to change color and darken as it oxidizes. This is easy to clean in most cases. High-quality Sterling silver jewelry is sometimes plated with rhodium to enhance the whiteness, brilliance, and the metal’s durability. This adds value to the piece and prevents tarnishing.

Sterling silver ranks a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. For comparison purposes, Diamond – the most scratch-resistant mineral – ranks as 10.

Pros of Sterling Silver Rings:

  • Durable
  • Workable and wearable
  • Beautiful luster and shine
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Sterling Silver Rings:

  • Easily tarnishes
  • Hard to maintain

Men’s Ring Material – White Gold

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White gold gained popularity as being an excellent alternative for platinum. It has the same visual characteristics as platinum but at a lower price.

White gold is made by alloying yellow gold with other white metals such as silver and palladium. It’s then coated with a plating of rhodium. The rhodium coding makes it lustrous and reflective. White gold is one of the most popular materials used for men’s rings, but it requires work as the rhodium plating will wear off over time but this can be refreshed at a local jeweler.

White gold ranks at 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of White Gold Rings:

  • Lustrous and reflective
  • Reasonably priced
  • Many designs and options available
  • Very workable

Cons of White Gold Rings:

  • Needs periodic work (rhodium plating)
  • Not hypoallergenic from the rhodium plating

 

Men’s Ring Material – Yellow Gold

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Yellow gold is the traditional choice for wedding bands and dates back thousands of years. The natural color of gold symbolizes prosperity and wealth.

Yellow gold comes in varying levels of purity from 10K  to 24K. The karats of gold refer to the percentage of gold to other alloys in the ring. 14K and 18K are the most common in men’s rings, but anything over 18K can be too soft for daily wear.

The purity of each karat is listed below:

  1. 10k = 41.67% Gold
  2. 14K = 58.33% Gold
  3. 18K = 75.00% Gold
  4. 22K = 91.67% Gold
  5. 24K = 99.99% Gold

Yellow Gold ranks a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Yellow Gold Rings:

  • Valuable
  • Classic and traditional
  • Workable
  • Many designs available

Cons of Yellow Gold Rings:

  • Needs frequent polishing
  • Not hypoallergenic

 

Men’s Ring Material – Rose Gold

mens rose gold ring

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Increasing in popularity in men’s rings, rose gold is more delicate in appearance than its other gold counterparts. Rose gold is more durable than other gold due to its copper contents giving it the subtle rose hue. The copper contents causes rose gold rings to be not hypoallergenic.

Rose Gold ranks a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Rose Gold Rings:

  • Unique color
  • Durable

Cons of Rose Gold Rings:

  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Not a lot of designs available
  • Needs polishing to maintain

 

Men’s Ring Material – Tungsten

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Tungsten is medium-grey metal and can be plated with a color coating. It’s affordable, durable and lustrous which makes it a popular option for men. Tungsten ranks a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it one of the most rigid metal rings available (diamonds are the only one step away at 10 on the scale).

Pros of Tungsten Rings:

  • Affordable
  • Highly durable and scratch-resistant
  • Lustrous
  • No re-plating required

Cons of Tungsten Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Not hypoallergenic (depends on the alloy)
  • Limited options
  • Will break with hard impact
  • Not resizable

 

Men’s Ring Material – Platinum

mens ring platinum

Platinum is the most valuable metal used in men’s rings. It’s associated with luxury, prestige and wealth. Rings made from platinum are comfortable to wear, durable and very easy to work with. Platinum rings develop a patina over time, but a professional polish can restore the luster. This metal symbolizes integrity, everlasting love and purity, making it a trendy option for wedding bands.

Platinum ranks a 3.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Platinum Rings:

  • Durable
  • Prestigious and sophisticated
  • Workable
  • Many designs available
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Platinum Rings:

  • Very expensive
  • Needs polishing to maintain

 

Men’s Ring Material – Palladium

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Very similar in appearance to platinum, palladium was an excellent alternative but due to extreme inflation of prices – it isn’t anymore. This precious metal is more durable and scratch-resistant than platinum. Palladium doesn’t need rhodium plating making its luster and hue natural and easier to maintain.

Palladium ranks a 4.75 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Palladium Rings:

  • Precious metal
  • Natural luster and color
  • Durable
  • No re-plating needed
  • Valuable
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Palladium Rings:

  • Rare
  • Limited options available
  • Prices are increasing

 

Men’s Ring Material – Titanium

mens ring titanium

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Titanium is the primary metal used for planes because it is extremely strong and lightweight. It doesn’t tarnish quickly and it’s affordable but difficult to resize.

Titanium ranks a 6.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Titanium Rings:

  • Highly durable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Beautiful luster and color
  • Lightweight

Cons of Titanium Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Difficult to resize

 

Men’s Ring Material – Cobalt

mens ring in cobalt

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Cobalt is a cheaper alternative to white gold, as it’s very close in appearance to it. These rings are highly reflective. They’re an excellent option for daily wear (and are highly resistant to scratching and tarnishing).

Cobalt ranks a 5.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Cobalt Rings:

  • Minimal maintenance
  • Highly durable
  • Resistant to scratches
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Minimal maintenance

Cons of Cobalt Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Difficult to resize
  • Limited options available

 

Men’s Ring Material – Tantalum

mens ring tantalum

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Tantalum is an industrial metal that is slightly darker than tungsten. It’s exceptionally durable making maintenance minimal.

Tantalum ranks a 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Tantalum Rings:

  • High durable
  • Lustrous and reflective
  • Easy to maintain
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Tantalum Rings:

  • Darker than platinum
  • Limited options
  • Not valuable

 

Men’s Ring Material – Damascus Steel

mens ring damascus steel

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Damascus steel has been used for making weapons and rings for thousands of years. Damascus steel is inexpensive. The metal is more valued for its natural and intriguing patterns, making it unique.

Damascus steel ranks a 4.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Damascus Steel Rings:

  • Unique patterns
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Lustrous
  • Easy to maintain
  • Unique pattern which is never consistent

Cons of Damascus Steel Rings:

  • Often not hypoallergenic
  • Not valuable

Non-Metal Types of Men’s Rings

Men’s Ring Material – Carbon Fiber

mens ring carbon fiber

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Carbon Fiber is made of tightly interwoven fibers that create a tough fabric akin to metal. While technically not a metal, it’s among the most robust materials used in wedding rings and withstands most pressure.

Carbon Fiber is a space-age material and is ideal for a modern man. However, most carbon fiber rings are black and color options are limited.

Pros of Carbon Fiber Rings:

  • Space-age material
  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to maintain

Cons of Carbon Fiber Rings:

  • Mainly black
  • Not valuable
  • Difficult to resize
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Men’s Ring Material – Meteorite

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Meteorite Rings are made from debris from space — yes, you read that correctly. These rings have natural etchings and patterns that make each unique.

Meteorite is made from comets, asteroids and meteoroids that survive the Earth’s atmosphere. They are typically broken into three categories, including stony meteorites, stony-iron meteorites and iron meteorites.

The high iron content makes these rings not hypoallergenic.

Pros of Meteorite Rings:

  • Attention-grabbing
  • Unique
  • Modern
  • Natural etchings

Cons of Meteorite Rings:

  • Limited availability
  • Not hypoallergenic

 

Men’s Ring Material – Zamak

mens ring zamark

Zamak rings are made from galvanized zinc alloy. They contain aluminum, copper and magnesium. Zamak is known as “white metal” or “pot metal,” which comes from the German abbreviation for various included elements. With a unique look, Zamak rings have a vintage appeal and are very lightweight.

Pros of Zamak Rings:

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Vintage appeal
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Zamak Rings:

  • Doesn’t have a refined look
  • Can be easily damaged
  • Not valuable

 

Men’s Ring Material – Silicone

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Silicone rings are made using silicone rubber. This polymer contains silicon combined with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The affordability and safety make them perfect for anyone in the military or medical field. Silicone rings are ideal for men to wear during outdoor activities and men who use their hands.

Pros of Silicone Rings:

  • Affordable
  • Unisex
  • Wide range of options
  • Durable
  • Easy to cut off in an emergency
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Silicone Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Different and offbeat
  • Non-traditional

 

Men’s Ring Material – Wood

best mens rings wood

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Wooden rings are typically made with reclaimed wood putting old un-used wood to good use. They are lightweight and hypoallergenic. Inexpensive and eco-friendly, wooden rings are not valuable and are damaged by water.

Pros of Wooden Rings:

  • Inexpensive
  • Environmentally sound
  • Lightweight
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Wooden Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Can be damaged by water

What Gemstones Are Used in Men’s Rings?

Gemstones aren’t as common in men’s rings but are becoming more prevalent. They can be an excellent option for a man looking to stand out from the crowd.

The most common gemstones used in men’s rings are:

Diamond

mens rings diamonds

Diamonds are synonymous with marriage and purity. This precious stone consists of a clear and colorless crystalline form of pure carbon. Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance.

  • Clear, colorless
  • Most valuable gemstone in the world
  • Known as the “stone of commitment”

Ruby

rubies

Rubies are a gemstone that comes from a variety of aluminum oxide. They range from pink to blood-red and are closely related to sapphires.

  • Primarily red
  • Highly valued since Old Testament times
  • Known as the “stone of kings”

Sapphire

sapphire

Sapphire is another variety of the mineral corundum like rubies and contains iron, titanium, chromium, vanadium and magnesium.

  • Structurally the same as rubies but not red
  • Blue, green, orange, purple, black
  • Known as the “stone of wisdom”

Emerald

emerald

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl colored green. They include trace amounts of chromium and vanadium and are very hard in their original state.

  • Green
  • Mined for more than 3,500 years
  • Can be inscribed with writing
  • Known as the “stone of the heart”

Amethyst

amethyst

Amethyst is a variety of quartz. It’s classified as a semi-precious stone.

  • Purple or violet
  • Much prized by ancient Greeks who believed it would prevent drunkenness and help stave off hangovers
  • The word “amethyst” comes from the Greek word for “not intoxicated”
  • Known as the “stone of peace”

Aquamarine

aquamarine

Aquamarine is a blue or cyan variety of beryl, and Ancient Romans believed it would protect them against any dangers while traveling at sea.

  • Aqua and marine
  • “Seawater color”
  • Known as the “stone of courage”

Tanzanite

best mens rings material - tanzanite

Only found in Tanzania, this gemstone is a variety of zoisite. Tiffany & Co. gave the gem its name after the country it was discovered in.

  • Blue or violet
  • Very rare
  • Recently discovered
  • Known as the “stone of transmutation”

What Does Color Mean in Men’s Rings?

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When it comes to choosing a ring – the color is critical. Each color has a different meaning, and you need to understand what they mean.

Men’s Ring Colors & Their Meanings

  • Black: self-control, strength*
  • Grey: discomfort or anxiety
  • White: faith, purity, innocence, truth
  • Green: growth, abundance, hope, anticipation
  • Blue: royalty, loyalty, companionship
  • Red: passion, power, courage, confidence
  • Pink: love, romance, care, kindness
  • Purple: luxury, wisdom, dignity
  • Yellow: self-confidence, joy, personal power

* Black rings are used in the asexual community to show orientation when worn on the middle finger.

Next up, click here to read my article: 5 Rules To Wearing Rings.

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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

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

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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?

Click below to watch the video – 4 Steps To PURGE Your Wardrobe

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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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