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You have been brushing your hair your whole life; same way, the same hairbrush. But you could be doing it wrong. The right hairbrush can create hairstyles that give you high confidence, while the wrong hairbrush can make your hair behave unpredictably.

Hairbrushes are specifically designed for certain hair types and getting the right one is essential in discovering how to brush men’s hair. This article has everything you need to know about men’s hair, hairbrushes & hair styling products.

To discover how to brush men’s hair, you will learn:

  • Hair Types And Anatomy
  • Lengths Of Hair
  • Understanding Hair Brushes
  • Types Of Hair Brushes
  • Bristle Types
  • Hair Products
  • Shampoo Vs. Conditioner
  • Wet Vs. Dry Styling

Part 1 – Men’s Hair Types & Anatomy

Before you can understand how to brush men’s hair, you have to understand your hair and the tools you can use to do so.

Hair Anatomy – Shaft, Follicle Shapes & Sizes

Every piece of hair on your scalp has two major parts: the shaft and the follicle. The shaft is the flowing strand seen on your head. The follicle is the part underneath the dermis (or skin) of your scalp.

The average hair is about 50-70 microns in diameter. Compare that to the diameter of fine beach sand (90 microns), and you can imagine how insignificant a shaft of hair feels when you press it between your thumb and index finger!

But since the human head has an average of 100,000 hairs – the slightest differences in diameter can become a big deal when you examine hair as a whole.

As you’ll find out below, hair shafts vary not just in terms of diameter but also their shape – whether it’s straight, S-, E- or Z-shaped. And that will reflect on your hair type and texture as you let your hair grow longer.

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But what’s the main cause of how your natural hair turns out? It boils down to the structure of your hair follicles (something you can’t see with the naked eye).

A hair follicle has one of the following shapes, which determines its hair type/texture:

  • Round – Straight hair
  • Slightly less round – Wavy hair
  • Oval/Elliptical – Curly hair (specifically coiled or kinky)

And the follicle’s actual size directly affects the thickness:

  • Larger round/oval shape – Thick hair (most likely straight thick or coiled)
  • Smaller round/oval shape – Thin hair (most likely straight thin, wavy or kinky)

Men’s Hair Types

Using all that info above, you’ll be able to pinpoint what your natural hair type is. Now here’s a further breakdown of the five major categories of men’s hair type:

Straight Thin Hair

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When it comes to straight hair in general, there’s a 3-inch rule: if your hair doesn’t bend within the first 3 inches of length from the scalp, it’s straight.

Here are some details that distinguish thin straight hair from its thick counterpart:
Thin straight hair has a more fragile texture, which means you have to brush more carefully.

It’s more lightweight and tends to fall flat over your head.
There’s more difficulty increasing its volume (which is why some men choose a side part hairstyle to shape it up).

It can get weighed down by hair products, causing the strands to look stringy.
It’s more prone to becoming oily.

Straight Thick Hair

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These are the critical points about thick straight hair that separate it from its thin equivalent:

  • Thick straight hair covers the scalp better.
  • It contains all 3 hair layers – the cortex, cuticle & medulla – which means it takes more time to dry up.
  • The texture isn’t as fragile as thin straight hair so that you can style it in different ways more easily.
  • It may be resistant to specific chemical treatments/relaxers or hair coloring.
  • Thick straight hair can have more volume if layered correctly by a stylist
  • It tolerates heat better

Wavy Hair

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This category refers to the wave-like patterns created by slightly curving hair. The hair shafts do NOT coil up within the first 3 inches of length. Instead, they resemble loose and stretched-out S-shapes.

You can grow out wavy hair to resemble a mini lion’s mane and enjoy plenty of texture. However – this will require more maintenance.

One advantage of this hair type is flexibility – you can style it in several different ways. It’s also less likely to be tousled by the wind than straight hair is. But it also frizzes easily, so you must maintain the waves.

Coiled Hair (Curly With Large Curls)

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Large curls require that the shafts create very distinct S-shaped (the more extreme ones being E-shapes) within the first 2 inches from the scalp. People with coiled hair enjoy lots of coverage over the head.

Some guys get to grow their hair out and become a “white boy ‘fro.” They don’t have to resort to the same fancy styles that straight-haired men use to add volume.

The actual hair strands here can either be coarse or fine (although it’s more often fine). Coarse strands are more prone to frizziness, while with fine strands, it’s harder to create well-defined curls.

Kinky Hair (Curly With Tight Curls)

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This hair type is the most textured. Its coiled intervals are so short that the shafts form sharp Z-shaped twists (hence “kinky”). These twists develop within the first half-inch of length from the scalp.

Kinky hair is mostly in men of African descent. The hair can be grown into a classic Afro and gain lots of volume. You can also choose to shave it off and make it a fade cut.

These coils aren’t as well-defined as large curls due to their naturally short state. They require much more maintenance since they can look fuzzy and unkempt after some time.

Dryness and shrinkage may also be serious problems if you’re not careful.

Click here to find the right hairstyle for you!

Part 2 – Lengths Of Men’s Hair

Length pertains to the “extended length” when a strand flattens and extends from the scalp. It’s essential to know your category/range instead of the exact number.

You’ll need a ruler or measuring tape to figure out the exact length of your hair. If you decide to grow it out for a few months, you have to re-measure and see if it has moved up a category.

Short

Short-length hair ranges from 0.125 to 2 inches (any length under 0.125 inches would qualify as near-shaved). Coiled- and kinky-haired men most prefer it since they’re easier to keep under control.

Medium

Medium-length hair covers anything between 2 and 6 inches. This length is when learning how to brush men’s hair can begin to get more complicated. It allows for more elaborate hairstyles, but it also affects styling convenience. Medium straight hair tends to hang down at the upper range (4-6 inches), while non-straight medium hair doesn’t.

Long

If the hair goes beyond 6 inches, it counts as long. This is where straight hair gains a lot of natural volume while curly hair starts hanging down. It’s the least popular length, especially for straight-haired men (due to strands blowing around).

Part 3 – Understanding Men’s Hair Brushes

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Choosing the right hairbrush can solve different problems your hair might face or even prevent them from happening at all. That’s why you need to start by knowing the anatomy of a brush.

As shown above, each hairbrush type (with detailed descriptions found in Part 4) is dependent on the 3 major parts.

Hair Brush Shape

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Oval hairbrushes are usually the oval version of the Paddle brush, which does a fantastic job in massaging your scalp and redistributing hair oils.

Rectangle hairbrushes range from the Denman brush or Vented brush to the thinner, rectangular kind of Paddle brush. These can create more volume at the roots, flip up the hair or curl it under.

Square hairbrushes are the original Paddle brushes (as they resemble paddles). They help get rid of frizz or tangles without putting much pressure on the hair.

Round hairbrushes have either natural or synthetic bristles all over the head. When partnered with a blow dryer, they work great for shaping your hair into multiple styles. But they also come in various sizes – compatible for tight curls or even long waves – so choose the brush size carefully based on your hair length.

Part 4 – How To Brush Men’s Hair With Types Of Brushes

Below are the men’s hairbrush types that are worth considering. Each one of them has its own set of advantages. Choosing your tool is a vital step in figuring out how to brush men’s hair.

Pocket Comb

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I love how simple yet effective the pocket comb is. They have teeth closely packed together, allowing them to distribute moisture or product all over the hair evenly.

Smaller versions can grab at the roots better, making it easier to smooth the hair out or style some bangs. This comb also helps if you use any medication for your scalp.

Best for: Thick Short Straight Hair

Rectangle Brush

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This is a less common form of a paddle brush with a longer and narrower head.

Best for: All Hair Types

Vented Brush

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This brush is an all-purpose type of hairbrush. It styles your hair without flattening its shape or hindering the texture. It’s an excellent choice for adding more volume.

The bristles are flexible, widely spaced, and they pass through the hair smoothly. Holes are included along the backside to allow more airflow. These so-called vents speed up the drying process while heat from the blow dryer targets the hair from different angles.

Best for: Thin/Thick Straight Hair (any length), Wavy Hair (any length), Coiled Hair (any length)

Military Palm Brush

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If you want ultimate control whenever you brush your hair, this is the type for you. It has nylon bristles that efficiently detangle and smooth the hair.

There’s a durable strap on the back that helps keep your hand stable as you move it around. It only takes a couple of strokes – going in the direction of the hair growth – to fix up your hair entirely.

Best for: Thin Short Straight Hair, Short Wavy Hair, Coiled Hair (any length), Kinky Hair

Wide-Tooth Comb

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This comb has a row of more widely spaced teeth than the average comb or pocket comb.

The material usually is wood or plastic, but wooden combs are better in distributing oil/product evenly without causing static.

It runs through the hair smoothly, making it easier to detangle strands.

It doesn’t require much pulling on wet hair, so there is less risk of damage.

Best for: Thin/Thick Short Straight Hair, Kinky Hair, And Coiled Hair (any length).

Oval Brush

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This one is an oval version of the paddle brush, with bristles packed tightly.

Best for: Wavy Hair (any length) And Coiled Hair (any length).

Paddle Brush

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This brush effectively flattens out frizz, adds more shine, and massages the scalp.
The bristles emerge from a soft rubber cushion that makes them collapse as they touch the scalp – preventing hair from getting split or stretched out.

The tips are designed to minimize scalp damage or hair snagging.

It’s recommended that you use it before flat ironing.

Best for: Thin/Thick Long Straight Hair.

Round Brush

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This cylinder-shaped hairbrush comes in different sizes (smaller ones form tighter curls) and bristle types.

A round metal barrel (which contains the bristles) gives it a more defined movement.

The handle comes in a variety of grips that provide traction.

It’s useful for styles in which the strands have to bend more.

Best for: Men who want to fix up their curls or wavy patterns.

Denman Brush

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This men’s hairbrush is also known as the classic styling brush.

The head is designed to bend the hair slightly while you’re brushing it.

There are traditionally 5, 7, or 9 rows of bristles to undo all tangles.

It does a great job in redistributing oil – adding more shine to your hair.

Best for: Short-haired guys who want their hair to appear slightly thicker.

Hair Pick

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This is a flat, squarish comb with long teeth and a handle along the midpoint.
It’s useful for styling/grooming longer hair.

Best for: Kinky Hair.

Foldable Comb

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This comb is precisely what the name describes – foldable. The teeth are spaced together tightly.

The handle also functions as a casing, handy if you want to comb with you to groom your hair throughout the day.

Best for: Thin Straight Hair.

Hair Brush Sponge

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This is a specialized men’s hairbrush made of high-quality, spongy material.
It runs through the hair in small circular motions with a light touch.

Tiny holes ensure ideal spacing between each of the twists of your hair.
You must use it on hair that’s a little damp (using either water or gel).

Best for: Kinky Hair.

Part 5 – Hair Brush Bristle Types

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Here’s a breakdown of the different types of hairbrush bristles and the benefits of each one when perfecting how to brush men’s hair.

Nylon

This type works best on hair with less texture.

The stiffness allows molding of the hair into the exact style you want.

Round plastic tips help stimulate blood flow to the scalp to combat dandruff.
It’s useful for gentle brushing along the edges (but not ideal for tangle-free hair).

Wooden

This type helps naturally condition the hair by evenly transporting the oils all over it.
The bristles are durable but run through the hair gently (without producing static).

Since they’re wider, there’s less chance of breaking off strands of hair while brushing.
The bristles also function like “massaging fingers” and help increase circulation on the scalp.

Comb Teeth

The teeth of a comb are designed to make pulling, styling, and parting the hair much more manageable.

They effectively divide the hair into sections, and you can use a real hairbrush to finish the job.

They’re great for removing stubborn knots or tangles.

Boars Hair

Natural boar bristles help replenish the oils on all areas of the scalp.

Compared to other types, it pulls through coarse hair seamlessly – reducing frizz and improving texture overall.

It works great for many different hairstyles, hair types, and textures.

Mixed Bristle

This bristle type is for hybrid hairbrushes (also known as porcupine brushes).

It combines boar and nylon bristles to get rid of all tangled, coarse strands of hair.

Part 6 – Men’s Hair Products

Some of these will work better on certain hair types or lengths. When you are discovering how to brush men’s hair, the right product makes all the difference. Check this infographic to find out how much hold & shine each product has.

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Men’s Hair Cream

VITAMAN’s natural men’s hair creme has a clean matte finish and flexible hold. It is a water-soluble formula and washes out easily, and is pH balanced to suit the chemistry of your hair and scalp.

Cream or creme is an excellent choice for hair that’s dry and coarse. A natural men’s hair creme contains natural oils to undo fluffs or frizzes. It fixes the hair without that stiff or greasy feeling – making it stronger, shinier, and more flexible.

Best for: Thin/Thick Short Straight Hair, Wavy Hair (any length), Coiled Hair (any length)

Men’s Pomade

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VITAMAN’s natural pomade for men won’t leave any oily or greasy build-up in your hair. And because it’s water-soluble, it will wash out cleanly every time.

Pomade is a shining ointment that comes from mineral oil. It doesn’t harden up like gel, and it’s creamier than wax. The hold can be anywhere from medium to light-hard – so it’s perfect for keeping the strands clumped together. Guys who want a “bed head” look can also use a natural pomade for men to make the hair messier.

Best for: Thin Short Straight Hair

Men’s Hair Clay

Clay works like pomade, except that it’s stickier. It enhances wavy strands without weighing the hair down. It contains nutrients that nourish both the hair and scalp. Clay also cleans out dirt without drying out natural oils. Furthermore, it combats frizzy strands.

Best for: Short Wavy Hair

Paste

The paste is most compatible with larger hair curls. It’s usually water-based and easy to wash. It gives the hair a good amount of flexibility. When blow-dried thoroughly, it adds volume and definition to your curls. The hair ends up looking shinier.
Best for: Short/Long Coiled Hair

Wax

Wax functions similarly to gel, except it’s more pliable. You can touch or make adjustments to your hair once applied. It can add a good amount of volume to short haircuts. It’s also useful for spikes or any combed back style like the pompadour. However, not great for curls.

Best for: Thick Short Straight Hair

Mousse

Volume is the primary goal of mousse. The foamy substance surrounds every strand with polymers to create a fuller look. As a result – the hair becomes thicker-looking (especially if the mousse is applied at the roots and blow-dried right after). There is no residue or flakes left behind.

Best for: Thin/Thick Long Straight Hair

Lotion

Hair lotion rehydrates and repairs damaged hair. It contains keratin and panthenol, which prevent the strands from breaking off or over-drying. It finishes up the hair with more shine and softness.

Best for: Thin/Thick Long Straight Hair, Long Wavy Hair

VITAMAN’s range of men’s natural hair products is free from harmful artificial ingredients and synthetic chemicals and won’t flake throughout the day. They’re also water-soluble – meaning they wash out easily at the end of your day.

Part 7 – Using Shampoo Vs. Conditioner

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You hear these two products all the time. But some men don’t understand how they’re different – or which one they ought to use and how oftenand why it effects how to brush men’s hair. So if you desire hair that you can brush quickly and fluidly, take note of these points:

Men’s Shampoo

It rids your hair of unwanted substances like dirt or pollen.

The formula is 70-80% water and may contain detergents, foam-creating ingredients, plus some conditioning agents or thickeners.

You should NOT use shampoo every day – every 2-3 days is ideal.

Avoid changing shampoos and stick to what works (because your hair can tell brands apart and may become intolerant of a new product).

Always use a natural men’s shampoo – avoid those with artificial ingredients because these can dry your hair and scalp.

Men’s Conditioner

Designed to strengthen and moisturize hair, it’s also a reliable cleaner when you don’t use shampoo.

Most conditioners contain:

  • Proteins.
  • Oils from fruits or herbs.
  • Small amounts of glycerin or similar compounds.
  • Silicon/mineral oils (to soften the hair further).

The frequency of use depends on how healthy your hair already is. Men with smooth and shiny hair can skip conditioning for a day or two.

It’s OK to use conditioner once a day in the shower – as it prevents breakage and friction when you brush your hair later on.

Remember to go for a natural men’s hair conditioner not to dry your hair and scalp (the exact opposite of what you want!)

That last point about conditioner says it all. For guys who don’t want frizzy hair or to experience pain while brushing – they need the right natural conditioner more than they need shampoo (settle for a mild shampoo that does a decent job). Keeping your hair healthy is vital when learning how to brush men’s hair.

Part 8 – How To Brush Men’s Hair- Dry Vs. Wet Styling

This section is about comparing the two primary ways of styling your hair.

When Wet Styling Is Better

In wet styling – the hair is ideally damp (not soaking wet or straight from the shower). The moisture works to your advantage when your hair has a ton of curls or coils. The benefits are as follows:

  • Wet styling lessens the amount of fuzz (especially for tightly coiled hair).
  • It allows your fingers or the hairbrush to run through the hair more smoothly.
  • This lubricates the hair so that the product spreads more evenly.
  • It gives the hair a fuller and smoother appearance.

You end up using less product (and saving more money) by using it more efficiently.

When Dry Styling Is Better

For guys with straight or longer hair, dry styling is more appropriate for these situations:
If your hair isn’t 100% naturally straight and you want to maintain its straightness, it’s better to style your hair dry (which is its strongest state).

Damaged or tangled hair should be styled up, pulled, and blow-dried while it’s dry (since it’s more vulnerable in its wet state).

When you want a matte or non-shiny finish, and the hair is kept precisely one way for a while – dry styling is the way to go.

The above information will do more than teach you how to brush men’s hair, it will turn you into a hair savant!

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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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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

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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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THE BODY SHOP | Christmas gifts for all those men in your life. They can thank you later.

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No matter how skilled you are at gift shopping, finding the perfect present for men can be challenging and finding gifts for men at Christmas often presents unique difficulties. When choosing gifts for dads, uncles, boyfriends and husbands, the options can sometimes feel either too distant or overly sentimental. So if the men you’re shopping for falls into this category, consider skincare from The Body Shop, as these products offer simple yet effective additions to even the most basic skincare routines, making them a thoughtful and practical choice.

In an era where self-care and grooming have become paramount for everyone, The Body Shop proudly introduces its comprehensive men’s skincare and grooming range. Whether for that man in your life, dad, brother, uncle, best mate, grooming guru or even yourself just starting to explore the world of self-care, their products are designed with every man’s unique needs in mind. Choosing men’s grooming products from as Christmas presents for a man who cares about his appearance is a thoughtful and practical gift idea. With high-quality ingredients and effective formulations, these gifts can help him maintain his self-care routine while enjoying luxury during the holiday season, we say the ideal present!

The Guarana and Coffee Energising Cleanser offers an invigorating sensation of freshness and purity, making it the perfect way to kickstart or unwind his day. Infused with the revitalising essence of Brazilian guarana and Ethiopian green coffee and enriched with organic Community Trade aloe vera, this vibrant orange gel transforms into a gentle, frothy lather that will rejuvenate his skin.

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Does he need something to pamper his face? This energising Guarana and Coffee Energising Moisturiser combines the invigorating properties of Guarana and Coffee to provide a revitalising experience that complements the most basic skincare routines. It’s a fantastic addition to his grooming regimen, offering a boost of energy and hydration to help him start the day feeling refreshed and looking his best. And it’s one of the things men sometimes forget to use daily, so what better gift for him to get started?

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This men’s skincare and grooming range is a testament to their commitment to providing inclusive and high-quality products to cater to everyone’s needs, like this unique Green Tea and Lemon Mattifying Moisturiser, helping guys to recognise that taking care of their skin is an essential part of a daily routine, that’s why The Body Shop is the go-to destination for high-quality, cruelty-free, and inclusive products that will help you put his best face forward. For those who crave a closer and more comfortable shave.

One of the essential aspects of men’s grooming is shaving, and The Body Shop has you covered with a range of shaving gels and creams that promise a smooth, irritation-free experience. If you’re tired of dealing with post-shave redness and discomfort, their Maca Root & Aloe Cooling Post-Shave Water Gel is here to the rescue. This incredible product is formulated to reduce the appearance of post-shave irritation, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s the perfect finishing touch to a daily shaving routine.

The Body Shop presents the Maca Root & Aloe Softening Shaving Cream; now this shaving cream is a game-changer for freshly-shaved skin, as it not only ensures a smooth and precise shave but also leaves the skin feeling soft, moisturised, and incredibly comfortable. With this product, you can say goodbye to razor burns and hello to a comfortable, irritation-free shaving experience. And that’s a Christmas bonus! 

In a world where grooming is essential.

The Body Shop is your go-to destination for high-quality, cruelty-free, and inclusive products to help you put your best face forward. Embrace your individuality, care for your skin, and let your unique style shine with The Body Shop’s men’s skincare and grooming range. 

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