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There are TOO many colognes to choose from. There are colognes for each season, each occasion, and every other situation you can imagine. But what are the most masculine colognes?

What if you just want to narrow the massive list of colognes down to what will make you smell manly? Are there colognes out there that will bring out your masculine aura?

You bet.

In today’s article, we’re going over the top MANLIEST fragrances, and what you can expect from each one.

  1. Egoiste by Chanel
  2. Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford
  3. Fahrenheit by Dior
  4. Quorum by Antonio Puig
  5. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne
  6. Pour Homme de Caron by Caron
  7. Aramis by Aramis
  8. Kuoros by Yves Saint Laurent
  9. Polo Green by Ralph Lauren
  10. Zaharoff by Zaharoff
  11. Noir Extreme by Tom Ford
  12. Anthracite by Tom Ford
  13. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford
  14. Eau Sauvage Extreme by Dior
  15. Yatagan by Caron
  16. Bentley for Men Intense by Bentley
  17. Dark Rebel Rider by John Varvatos
  18. Bvlgari Man by Bvlgari
  19. A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler
  20. Heritage By Guerlian

1. Egoiste By Chanel

The first entry on the list is light and inoffensive.


Egoiste is an inoffensive men’s cologne from the house of Chanel. it was created in 1990 by Jacques Polge. His goal was to release a concoction that embodied sophistication – and that meant bringing in dark florals, damp woods, and spices.

Egoiste has excellent projection – you WILL turn heads with this one. It strikes a rare, but satisfying balance between its reach and intensity. Every whiff is pleasant and conservative.

All in all, this is a solid foundational fragrance for beginners.

Fragrance Type: Woody Floral (Click here to read our article on men’s fragrance types and what they mean)

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Mahogany, mandarin, rosewood, coriander.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, cinnamon.
  • Base Notes: Leather, sandalwood, vanilla, tobacco, amber.

2. Tobacco Vanille By Tom Ford

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If you love the smell of cigars, you’ll love this.


Launched in 2007 and developed by Olivier Gillotin, this is an Oriental Spicy EDP (Eau De Parfum). It’s not cheap – expect to pay over $200 for this quality fragrance.

It’s worth the price.

According to Tom Ford, this is an opulent and luxurious fragrance meant to conjure images of an English gentleman’s club: The smell of a cigar humidor complemented with creamy, fruity scents.

Fragrance Type: Oriental Spicy

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Tobacco, spice.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka bean, tobacco blossom, vanilla, cacao
  • Base Notes: Dried fruits, wood.

What are the heck are top notes? Click here for the ultimate fragrance guide.

3. Fahrenheit 1988 By Dior

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Controversial, but classic.


This masterpiece came as the brainchild of Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac. What’s unique is how modern it smells despite its age.  It truly has stood the test of time.

It is divisive…

This masculine fragrance brings out the alpha male. It introduces a potent gasoline note that stands out from other fragrances. It’s like putting violets on a leather jacket and setting them both on fire.

Fragrance Type: Woody Floral

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lavender, mandarin, lime, hawthorn, chamomile, nutmeg.
  • Heart Notes: Nutmeg, rose, honeysuckle, sandalwood, violet, jasmine, cedar.
  • Base Notes: Leather, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vetiver.

4. Quorum By Antonio Puig

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Uncompromising and direct – the classic masculine scent.


This fragrance was launched in 1981 by Carlos Benaim, Max Gavarry, and Rosendo Mateu. This is a masculine classic – what I imagine Al Pacino and Robert De Niro smell like.

Like all of the most masculine colognes, it’s a no-nonsense men’s fragrance.

Quorum falters slightly in terms of projection and longevity, both of which are average when compared to other powerful colognes. Another possible critique (if you can call it that) is that it’s old-fashioned. One thing is for sure: You can’t deny its timelessness. It stuck around this long for a reason.

Fragrance Type: Woody Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Artemisia, caraway, grapefruit, lime.
  • Heart Notes: Cyclamen, pine tree, rose, sandalwood.
  • Base Notes: Leather, amber, oakmoss, tobacco.

5. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme By Paco Rabanne

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This is an all-around gentlemanly scent.


This elegant scent was developed by Jean Martel and released in 1973. It’s meant to embody a gentlemanly character with a differing interpretation from Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille.

Even though it doesn’t belong to the Oriental family  – which is known for its seductive qualities, this is nonetheless praised as an alluring and masculine fragrance.

Fragrance Type: Aromatic Fougere

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Rosemary, clary sage, rosewood.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka bean, lavender, geranium.
  • Base Notes: Honey, amber, musk, oakmoss.

6. Pour Homme De Caron By Caron

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This has been around for almost a century – there’s a reason for it.


“Simplicity” is the one word that comes to mind when smelling this fragrance. Developed far back in 1934 by Ernest Daltroff, this is a timeless fragrance perfect for men looking to dip their toes into the world of men’s cologne.

Heritage backs this masculine fragrance like no other. Pour Homme De Caron was the first-ever fragrance developed specifically for men.

Fragrance Type: Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lavender.
  • Heart Notes: Vanilla.
  • Base Notes: Musk.

7. Aramis By Aramis

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This woody fragrance is a pure classic.


This recognizable concoction was released in 1966 – marketed toward men who valued tradition and classic style. In many ways it embodies much of our core RMRS values – it has timelessness at the core of its philosophy.

It was first available only in Harrods in NY and the UK, but it’s expanded drastically since then. Its most recent iteration was Aramis Gold, released in 1998. This is a sharp smell that shouldn’t be underestimated – you will turn heads, and many of them will be ladies!

Fragrance Type: Woody Spicy

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Aldehydes, artemisia, gardenia, bergamot, clover.
  • Heart Notes: Patchouli, sage, orris root, jasmine, cardomom.
  • Base Notes: Leather, sandalwood, amber, musk, coconut, oakmoss, vetiver.

8. Kouros By Yves Saint Laurent

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Kouros is considered an aggressively masculine fragrance.


This is a primordial scent if there ever was one. If you ever wanted a fragrance that smells absolutely musky, then this is the one for you. It’s what I’d picture the Dothraki from Game of Thrones, or Tarzan smelling like.

Though it’s not in the foreground, the fragrance definitely looms with a smell vaguely reminiscent of animal sweat. Don’t let that deter you, though. This is masculinity at its most primal.

It’s also among the more affordable fragrances you can find, the perfect addition to our most masculine colognes!

Fragrance Type: Aromatic Fougere

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Aldehydes, artemisia, coriander, sage, bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, patchouli, cinnamon, orris root, jasmine, vetiver, geranium.
  • Base Notes: Honey, leather, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss, vanilla.

9. Polo Green By Ralph Lauren

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This is one fragrance you can’t go wrong with.


This is a classic woody masculine fragrance forged by Carlos Benaim in 1978. It’s another one of those timeless manly smells that you can’t go wrong with. It has all the elements to make you feel like a rugged man from the woods about to change into a tux for the evening.

We’ve discussed this fragrance before in our article about men’s cologne types.

Fragrance Type: Woody Chypre

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Coriander, basil,  juniper berries, bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Leather, rose, pepper.
  • Base Notes: Tobacco is dominant, with hints of musk and oakmoss.

10. Zaharoff Signature Pour Homme by Zaharoff

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Zaharoff is a modern cologne that harkens back to the classics.


This is a relatively new fragrance released in 2018 and created by Claude Dir. If there was one word to describe it, it would be “uplifting.” It successfully pays homage to old-school classics while building something new and unique. The most masculine colognes today have to find new ways to be innovative while honoring the classics.

It’s also wonderfully versatile – suitable for both day and night. The fragrance yields strong projection and longevity and retails at a decent price for what you’re getting. This is an instant classic.

Fragrance Type: Woody Aromatic.

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Cardamom, lavender, black pepper, pear, cypress.
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, cedar, oud, iris, pimento, balsam.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, black amber, myrrh, frankincense.

11. Noir Extreme By Tom Ford

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A fragrance for the agent of chaos.


Tom Ford launched this EDP in 2012, followed by the EDT in May of 2015. This is the scent of the ballsy man – the man that isn’t afraid to delve into the deepest recesses of excess and debaucher. This is the guy who is relentlessly ambitious.

You can’t deny the appeal that sort of man has to the ladies – and it shows in its sheer popularity.

Click here to check out the ultimate guide to applying fragrances where we also discuss Noir Extreme.

Fragrance Type: Woody Oriental

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, neroli, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom.
  • Heart Notes: Mastic, rose, jasmine, saffron, kulfi
  • Base Notes: Woody notes, amber, sandalwood, vanilla.

12. Anthracite By Tom Ford

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Don’t take this fragrance lightly…


Back at it with Tom Ford. Anthracite was developed by Honorine Blanc and released in 2017. It reminds one of ash and sharpened pencils. A strange combination, sure, but don’t let that deter you.

It also brings to the fore a combination of aquatics, candy, and tonka bean. The amalgamation makes for an undeniably unique fragrance overall. It’s a bold entry, to say the least – try it if you dare.

Fragrance Type: Chypre

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Sichuan pepper, ginger.
  • Heart Notes: Spices, galbanum, jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, cedar, ebony, amberwood, birch, leather, patchouli.

13. Ombre Leather By Tom Ford

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A simple, hardcore fragrance


This is the last Tom Ford, we promise. The name of this unisex fragrance is rather misleading. “Ombre Leather” ushers in thoughts of unadulterated masculinity and power…

But instead, it’s wonderfully pleasant, making it perfect for our most masculine colognes.

It carries with it a smooth, fruity accord that balances well with those of leather. There are some reviewers who interpret a smoky, boozy tinge to it. Even though it was designed to appeal to both genders, it’s quintessentially masculine. If I were to smell this on a woman, I’d know not to get in her way.

We also bring this fragrance up in our top EVERYDAY cologne list.

Fragrance Type: Leather

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Cardomom.
  • Heart Notes: Leather.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, amber, moss.

14. Eau Sauvage Extreme By Dior

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A fragrance that is sure to have the ladies do a double-take.


This 1984 fragrance intensifies and builds upon the DNA of the traditional EDT. It’s heavier and more intense.

It’s a daring masculine fragrance that brings citrus to the forefront – definitely suitable for elegant evenings out during the fall or spring. It brings with it a sense of vibrance and energy that is sure to turn heads!

Fragrance Type: Citrus Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Patchouli, lavender, dried fruits, basil, bergamot, lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Aldehydes, rosemary, coriander, bay leaf, orris root, jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, cedar.

15. Yatagan By Caron

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Don’t pass this one by without trying it.


The Yatagan is reminiscent of, wait for it, the Ottoman Empire. We’re talking curved Turkish blades, fine horses, and decadent beauty. A list of the most masculine colognes wouldn’t be complete without this one. It’s an intense, sensual fragrance but by no means offensive.

It’s heavy enough that uncompromising men can appreciate it, but well enough that you can enjoy it as a beginner to cologne.

It won’t get you compliments… but this isn’t about praise, it’s about you. THIS is what it’s like to smell like a man.

Fragrance Type: Woody Oriental

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lavender, galbanum, basil, pine, watercress, mint.
  • Heart Notes: Artemisia, oak, oakmoss, patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Musk, castoreum, wood, incense.

16. Bentley For Men Intense By Bentley

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This cologne is well-suited for a man who loves leather.


Bentley was released back in 2013 and developed by Nathalie Lorson. One reviewer described it quaintly as “An 80s Powerhouse of Booze.” It’s uncompromising in its assault and perfect for the man wanting to establish the badass aesthetic.

It’s almost a niche fragrance – meaning it isn’t available in as many retailers. The combination of scents here isn’t the most unique but still sets Bentley apart from the average men’s cologne.

Wear it with confidence.

Fragrance Type: Spicy Oriental

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Black pepper, bergamot, bay leaf.
  • Heart Notes: Sage, cinnamon, rum, wood.
  • Base Notes: Leather, benzoin, cedar, patchouli.

17. Dark Rebel Rider By John Varvatos

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Designed for the motorcycle man.


Harley Davidson in a bottle is how best to describe this potent, ballsy scent. This is all leather and booze with a hint of citrus somewhere within. The fragrance was fashioned by Rodrigo Flores-Roux and released in 2016.

I highly recommend this to gentlemen whose signature look includes a black leather jacket and boots. If you love Harleys along with that outlaw aesthetic, THIS is the scent for you. Leather and boots are the pinnacles of manliness, making this a can’t miss of the most masculine colognes.

This men’s cologne is also featured in our top 15 SEXIEST fragrances list.

Fragrance Type: Leather

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Orange, aldehydes, saffron, marjoram, hyssop.
  • Heart Notes: Resin, balsam, olibanum.
  • Base Notes: “Russian” leather is dominant, followed by cacao.

18. Bvlgari Man By Bvlgari

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A classy scent for a classy man.


The nose behind this 2010 men’s cologne was none other than Alberto Morillas – a legend in the fragrance industry.

This EDT retails for just under $100. It’s all about elegance – encapsulating the modern but aristocratic man bearing a rugged edge. This one deserves a spot on the list of most masculine colognes.

Fragrance Type: Oriental Woody

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lotus, bergamot, violet leaf, pear.
  • Heart Notes: Vetiver, sandalwood, amber, cashmere wood, nargarmotha.
  • Base Notes: Benzoin, musk, tonka bean, honey.

19. A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler

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A scent for men who like their booze.


If you like whisky, then we have a fragrance for you. Pure Malt was released in 2009 to honor the Scotch whisky industry – and it exudes that in the scent.

This is booze accented with hints of coffee and some lingering fruity notes for a sweeter edge. It doesn’t get many compliments – not for its smell which is extraordinary – but for its projection.

It’s a deeply intimate and masculine fragrance that no one will smell aside from your partner unless you throw on more than three squirts. It’s worth it, my friend.

Fragrance Type: Citrus Woody

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, orange.
  • Heart Notes: Malted barley, coffee, whisky
  • Base Notes: Peat smoke, vanilla, amber, musk.

20. Heritage By Guerlain

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This embodies the classic masculine fragrance.


The nose behind the last most masculine cologne on the list was Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1992. It reminds one of the old school – of tradition, family, and responsibility. This is ideal for the family man who loves a touch of the old. Despite only being released in the 90s, it still seems like something your grandpa would wear in his golden years – and still work.

It’s class in a bottle.

Fragrance Type: Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Aldehydes, juniper, lavender, sage, lemon, petitgrain.
  • Heart Notes: Coriander, pepper, patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Amber, vanilla, wood, tonka bean, cinnamon.

Today’s list comprised some of the most masculine colognes we know of – from aggressive outlaws to refined gentlemen. There’s something here for every badass.

Check out my list of 25 best-selling men’s colognes!

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

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It’s Purge Night in your closet.

All bets are off.

All laws are suspended.

For twelve hours, only powerful clothes are safe.

Which outfits will you spare?

Which deserve to die?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rule 2: Authorized Weapons Only

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

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

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

But let’s focus on his closet strategy.

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

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

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

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

Rule 3: All (Mental) Emergency Services Are Suspended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rule 4: No Killing of Outfits Level 10 Or Higher

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

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

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

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

After Closet Clean Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Products are made in Britain, cruelty free, vegan friendly and PETA approved and available from 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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The sea of faces.

The expectant hush.

Butterflies in your stomach.

Sweaty palms.

This is the presentation of your life.

It’s going to make or break your career.

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

And feel your career going down the drain.

Death by PowerPoint.

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

#1 Public Speaking Mistake: Not Knowing Your Audience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#2 Not Emotionally Connecting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#3 Winging It

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

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

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

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

#4 Death By Powerpoint

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

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

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

#5 Not Practicing Enough

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

How do you get there? Practice.

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

Start practicing at least several days in advance.

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

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

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

#6 Not Knowing What You’re Talking About

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

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

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

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

#7 No Excitement

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

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

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

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

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

#8 Going On Too Long

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

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

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

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

#9 Not Engaging Your Audience

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

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

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

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

#10 Not Observing Other Speakers

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

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

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

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

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

#11 Not Moving Around

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Whatever room you’re in, own it!

Don’t hide behind the podium.

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

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

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

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

#12 Not Utilizing the Correct Body Language

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

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

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

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

#13 Not Realizing Unconscious Bad Habits

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

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

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

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

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

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By: Antonio Centeno
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