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Sean Connery embodied James Bond. He laid the groundwork for what would become the longest film franchise ever.

He was an exceptional movie star, actor, sex symbol, and status icon.

Millions of men have looked to Sean Connery’s style for guidance – from his first appearance on screen in 1962 to his more modern cinematic moments.

Connery was the epitome of suaveness, sophistication and manliness.

Today, I’m paying tribute and I’m giving you (00)7 style lessons you can learn to be more like Bond.


Click Here To Watch The Video – 007 Style Secrets To Steal From Sean Connery (The ORIGINAL 007)

Sean Connery Style Tip 1. Classic Tailoring is Crucial

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Sean Connery sporting a light grey mohair and wool suit with a dark navy blue grenadine tie from Turnbull & Asser.

From his first appearance as 007 in Dr. No, Sean Connery’s tailoring is on point. In Dr. No, Connery’s wardrobe was tailored and produced by world-renowned Saville Row Tailors. From this point onwards, men across the globe used Connery’s Bond-style as a template for their own fashion choices.

There isn’t a more iconic suit that the glen check three-piece suit from Goldfinger or the classic Midnight Blue Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket worn during his first appearance in Dr. No.

His jackets were tailored with a full chest, a gently nipped waist, and roped sleeve heads. This was paired with trim forward-pleat trousers with side-adjuster. Connery’s suits were made to fit him like a glove.

In fact, the director of Dr. No, Terrance Young, told Connery to sleep in his suits to become as comfortable as he could in them. He did and the effect of shoes. Connery moves in a suit like a cat – smooth every step of the way with effortless sophistication. This couldn’t have been done unless the suits fit perfectly.

Don’t be swayed by tight pants and extremely short jackets you see today – the perfect suit fit will never let you down.

Sean Connery Style Style Tip 2. Leverage Texture in Your Suits

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Sean Connery wearing a grey herringbone suit in You Only Live Twice.

In Dr. No, Sean Connery wears three gray suits – all in different shades. He is known to have a particular fondness for the gray suit however has been known to wear dark blue or brown on occasions. Other than that, Connery wore the occasional dark blue suit or dark brown suit.

The thing that made Connery’s Bond stick is that they are far more than basic solid worsted wool suits. Connery wore shiny lightweight wool, pollen flannels, mohair blends, and duping silk. When he did wear suits made of worsted wool, they had textural patterns like herringbone, pick-and-pick, and various forms of the glen check.

Let’s face it – some men face limitations when it comes to the colors they can wear with confidence. What’s the solution? Textures. They provide a more subtle way to vary the look of your everyday suit.

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From Russia with Love give us a great example of this in the suit Connery wears at the end of the film. In Venice, Connery wears a heavy navy flannel suit with grey chalk stripes. The jacket has two buttons with a relaxed fit, draped chest, natural shoulders, and slight waist suppression. The jacket also has flapped pockets, four-button cuffs, and a single vent. The suit trousers match the suit’s pattern with double forward pleats, side button tab adjusters, and turn-ups.

This suit could have just been a standard navy suit, but the added extra detail of a chalk stripe is subtle and allows Connery to stand out from every other man.

Sean Connery Style Tip 3. Don’t Be Afraid of the Three-Piece Suit

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Connery’s legendary three-piece glen check suit in Goldfinger.

In today’s relaxed culture, three-piece suits can seem overkill. Connery knew the power of it and used it. Starting in Goldfinger and continuing through the rest of his tenure as 007, Connery used the three-piece suit to mix up the status quo.

The three-piece suit is an excellent way to set yourself apart from the crowd, and Connery knew this. Any guy can slip into a two-piece suit but adding that vest is a perfect finish giving you an exquisite and stylish look.

Take Connery’s famous grey and white glen check three-piece suit from Goldfinger as an example. This suit made by Anthony Sinclair (Connery’s tailor of choice) is just a standard two-button suit with narrow lapels and double vents. But by adding a matching waistcoat with six buttons, notch lapels, and four welted pockets, this suit is elevated to legendary status.

Another great advantage of wearing a three-piece suit is that you have more options. By owning a few three-piece suits, you can mix the waistcoat with different jackets and pants from another coordinating suit. This gives you a less formal look but is a style move that most men are afraid to pull off.

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The brown houndstooth check jacket with the odd beige waistcoat from Goldfinger.

Goldfinger is a masterclass of waistcoat style as Connery pulls off an odd waistcoat in the film as well. After returning from a rough hotel stay in Miami, Bond returns to his boss M to report what has happened (and get a scolding from M).

Bond wears a country suit in a mid-brown and black houndstooth check. Under the jacket, we wears an odd waistcoat in beige wool. This makes the suit stand out in a crowd. While not the most appropriate office wear, Connery wears this suit with great swagger and confidence.


Sean Connery Style Tip 4. Pay Attention to the Details

Another way Connery’s style has stood the test of time is the attention to detail he has.

Sean Connery’s Cocktail Cuff Shirts

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The “cocktail cuff” made famous by Sean Connery.

Let’s take his shirts as the first example. Sean Connery mostly wears solid shirts with his suits and sports coats. Connery’s shirts follow English tradition varying in color from plain white, light blue, medium blue, and cream like his suits. How did Connery make these shirts stand out – the cuffs.

Connery wears the cocktail cuff. This cuff is a sorta hybrid between a French cuff and a barrel cuff. This cuff is a double-length-barrel cuff that’s folded over itself with cuff hems on a diagonal line that is fastened with buttons instead of cuff links. This was his go-to cuff for all of this suit (other than dinner jackets)

Sean Connery’s Shoes

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Connery wearing brown suede shoes paired with the brown barleycorn tweed hacking jacket in Goldfinger.

Another example of details Connery’s choice of shoes. From ankle boots to espadrilles, his shoe game was always appropriate and stylish. Connery mostly favored a black three-eyelet derby (blucher) and a two-eyelet derby. In Thunderball, Bond wore a pair of short black boots with his suits. It’s very slight, but eagle-eyed views can catch them at the beginning of the film.

Even though Daniel Craig takes all the credit for making suede shoes cool again, Sean Connery was wearing them all the way back in 1964 and 65 in Goldfinger and Thunderball. These casual two-eyelet derby shoes were in a dark brown suede and looked like a short chukka boot. The soles were dark brown rubber, making them perfect for country wear as Bond wore them in the countryside in both films.

Sean Connery’s Sunglasses

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The iconic sunglasses from the film Thunderball.

No man can go without accessories, and Connery didn’t disappoint. In From Russia with Love and Thunderball, Connery rocked a pair of black Wayfarer style sunglasses with two rivets on each side and front of the temples. These work both in a dress and casual atmosphere and are effortlessly cool.

These glasses have been remade by the company Curry & Paxton and are still available today. The model is named “Sean” and is a great tribute to the pair worn in Thunderball. Click here to check them out!

Connery’s Bond also wore a few unique hats. In Dr. No and From Russia with Love, Connery wore a trilby. The Dr. No trilby has been identified as being from Lock & Co. Hatters. In Thunderball, Sir Sean wore a pork pie straw hat with a blue and white checked cotton ribbon.

Sean Connery’s Rolex

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The legendary Rolex 6538 on an undersized nato strap in the film Goldfinger.

For his watch, Sean Connery famously wore a Rolex Submariner 6538 in all of his films. This scarce watch exudes timeless style and elegance. This particular reference of watch goes for anywhere from $92,000 all the way up to $544,939! This watch is ideal for James Bond – it’s durable, precise, and looks great with a tuxedo or a swimsuit.

An interesting feature of the 6538 is the lack of crown guards and the over-sized crown. For the time, this was an oversized crown, and it’s a substantial distinguishing factor from other Rolex Submariners.

Also featured on Connery’s Rolex are the black gloss dial, baton, and dagger markers, as well as a revolving black bezel. Connery wore this watch on a nato strap and a leather strap throughout his tenure as Bond.


Sean Connery Style Style Tip 5. Find a Hairstyle That Works (and Stick to it)

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Sean Connery in the film Goldfinger.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This statement couldn’t be more true when it comes to your hairstyle. Connery knew this. His timeless side part was a perfect example of this. Short sides, low maintenance, this haircut fit the bill. Even in Connery’s later years, he continued to keep his haircut short and a beard impeccably trimmed.

Don’t experiment with things that don’t need it. Keeping a flattering long-term hairstyle will make you appear confident and self-assured. Connery’s haircut worked with his face correctly, adding a little volume to his hair to balance out the rest of his facial features.

Sean Connery Hair – How to Get the Look:

Wanna know how to get Connery’s side-part? It’s pretty simple, but here you go.

How to Cut:

  • Two inches of length on the top
  • Taper the sides and back to half an inch

How to Style:

  1. When your hair is damp, take a pomade and work it into your hair gently down to the roots
  2. Use a comb to attain your final look
  3. Pro Tip: use a hairdryer as you comb it into place for more volume.

The Side-Part is a timeless look suitable for any situation. Not sure what haircut works best for you? Click here to discover more about picking the right hairstyle for your hair type.


Sean Connery Style Tip 6. Presidential Fold is a Must

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Sean Connery sporting a white linen pocket square in Dr. No.

Throughout his first three Bond films, Sean Connery wore a white linen folded handkerchief in his jackets’ breast pockets. This style is most associated with 60’s style and is something that most men neglect these days. In fact, I’ve been complimented many times for the pocket square by random people stating, “They love this look and wish more men would use it.”

Folding a handkerchief to wear as a pocket square is relatively simple. Connery opted for the Presidential Fold, which is the cleanest and most versatile fold to use.

How to Fold Your Pocket Square Like James Bond

  1. Begin with the pocket square face down
  2. Now fold in half from right to left
  3. Fold in half from left to right – leaving a gap at the right side
  4. Next, fold in half from top to bottom
  5. Fold the bottom up and behind the front.

Before placing the now folded pocket square in your breast pocket, you have the option to iron it flat. This will tame the fabric and is likely what Connery did with his springy linen handkerchiefs.

Inserting a pocket square can be a pain – here’s a tip: Fold the handkerchief in half again bottom to top and place it in the pocket with the amount you want to show. To get it to fill the pocket’s height, I hold the top in place while using the back end of a pencil or pen to gently push the pocket square down int the bottom of the pocket.

Connery kept his handkerchiefs looking neat by keeping the edges hidden. Dandies will often show the edge of their pocket square as a sartorial flair.


Sean Connery Style Tip 7. A True Dinner Jacket Is Midnight Navy, Black or White

As Vesper Lynd said in 2006’s Casino Royale – “There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets.” Sir Sean knew this all the way back in 1962. Sean Connery has inspired more men to wear black-tie than any other person. His 007 sets the ultimate example of how to follow the black-tie dress code.

He follows the traditional protocol for black tie dress codes. Connery wore a tuxedo in every one of his films and showed exactly how to pull off the three options you have for black-tie.

Midnight Blue Shawl Collar Dinner Suit from Dr. No and Thunderball

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The midnight blue dinner jacket in Thunderball.

In Dr. No, Connery was introduced as the character in a traditional midnight blue shawl-collar dinner suit made by Anthony Sinclair. The dinner jacket featured a shawl collar in midnight blue satin silk, silk gauntlet cuffs that turn back at the end of the cuffs, one button, and two vents.

The turn-backs at the end of each cuff is a unique flair, but a welcomed one. Connery breaks black tie rules slightly by having two vents in the back of his jacket. Traditionally, a dinner jacket show has no vents, but James Bond is a man of action, so it is acceptable. The trousers have a traditional rise and a silk stripe down each side of the leg.

He wears a white shirt with a pleated front, spread collar, and double cuffs that take cuff links. His bow-tie has diamond pointed ends and a white pocket square that matches his shirt in his breast pocket. He finishes the outfit off with black cap-toe oxfords.

Interestingly, Connery doesn’t wear a waistcoat of cummerbund here; however, Bond often doesn’t wear one. I would recommend always wearing a waist covering – only Sir Sean can pull it off without one.  ?

Ivory Dinner Jacket from Goldfinger

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The ivory dinner jacket worn by Sean Connery in the film Goldfinger.

Just as iconic as the midnight blue dinner jacket that introduces Bond in Dr. No, Sean Connery wears a white dinner jacket at the beginning of the film, which is an excellent option while in a warmer climate.

This dinner jacket isn’t strictly white but somewhat closer to an off-white or ivory. Connery’s Goldfinger tuxedo features peaked lapels that aren’t silk. This is in line with traditional black-tie rules. The jacket closes at the front with a single button and has four-button cuffs. The lower pockets are jetted without flaps, and the back has no vents.

His trousers are black with a double forward pleat, slanted side pocket with a silk stripe down each leg. Connery adds a red carnation in the lapel, which is a huge contrast against the ivory jacket, which adds to the outfit’s flair, making it memorable.

Interesting Note: Daniel Craig paid homage to this tuxedo in Spectre in 2015.

Black Notched Lapel Dinner Jacket in Goldfinger

The notched lapel on a dinner jacket gets a lot of hate. The argument is that these lapels are not formal enough for black-tie. Connery gets a pass here because of the circumstances he is in.

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While having dinner with M and Colonel Smithers in Goldfinger, Connery is wearing a black notched lapel dinner jacket.

The notched lapel is more appropriate here because it is a private dinner and less formal than a large gathering.

The jacket is single-breasted with one button in the front, cuffs with four satin covered buttons.

It’s unknown whether the jacket features vents as the back is never seen. The trousers remain a mystery, but one could surmise they match the dinner jacket and feature silk stripe down each leg and are a double forward pleat (a favorite of Connery’s Bond).

BONUS Style Tip 8. Casual Doesn’t Mean Lazy

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The iconic golf outfit from Goldfinger.

When Sean Connery did dress casually, he was never sloppy about it. The film that shows the most causal outfits for Connery’s 007 is Thunderball.  Taking place mostly in Nassau, Bahamas, the warmer climate is a perfect opportunity to flex his relaxed muscles.

Connery’s casual outfits were all made from a combination of polo shirts, camp shirts, and swimming trunks.

While on leave at Shrublands health clinic, he wears a black lightweight cashmere long-sleeve polo shirt. The polo shirt has a three-button placket with white buttons. Bond rolls the sleeves up over the elbow. He wears a pair of brown flat front cavalry trill trouser with frogmouth pockets. Because he is sneaking around, he doesn’t wear and socks or shoes.

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Connery wears a rose-colored short-sleeve line shirt with a slightly curved hem and small side vents in the Bahamas.

This shirt features a french front with a camp collar and a round breast pocket. Bond wears light blue swimming trunks and a pair of canvas espadrilles.

Connery also wears several other casual outfits and camp-style shirts and polo shirts throughout his tenure. The one characteristic that stays true throughout – he looks the business.

Sir Sean would never be seen wearing athletic shorts out and about or t-shirts. He always elevated his style from others around him, and this includes his causal style.

If you’re interested in any of the casual style shirts Connery wore during his tenure as 007, Orlebar Brown has released several 007 collections with pieces made after clothing from Bond films. Click here to check out Orlebar Brown’s 007 collection.

BONUS Style Tip 9. Keep it Simple

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Sean Connery in Dr. No wearing a dark grey flannel suit made by Anthony Sinclair on Conduit St. in London.

Sean Connery avoided wearing overly trendy clothes. In general, he wore classic, timeless pieces. The great part about this is you can take almost any outfit (minus a certain terrycloth playsuit in Goldfinger and all of Diamonds are Forever) from his tenure as 007 and wear it today. Nothing would look out of place or extremely strange.

The strangest look might be the pleats that Connery was so fond of in his trousers, but everything else would match perfectly in today’s world. Therein lies the benefits of avoiding trends.

Instead of spending tons and tons of money on the latest pair of sneakers (that will go out of fashion in a year), use that money on a timeless suit or pair of dress shoes that will never go out style. Investing in high-quality, timeless options will save you money as you can wear them forever.

Stick with timeless, stylish options in an interchangeable wardrobe, and you will not only save money, but you’ll always look amazing.

BONUS Style Tip 10. Real Men Wear Kilts

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Sean Connery in his custom-made kilt with his custom tartan pattern in the background.

Mr. Connery is Scottish – in case you didn’t know – and he wasn’t afraid to show it. Sir Sean would often wear his Scottish Highland dress as an alternative for black tie.

Sean Connery’s style of kilt was made by Holland & Sherry in Peebles, Scotland, in the finest Scottish cashmere. His kilt is the most expensive ever created in Scotland for $10,000. The tartan pattern of the kilt was specially designed for Sir Sean.

Sir. Sean Connery wasn’t afraid of embracing his roots and showing off his ancestral colors. You shouldn’t be either.

You don’t have to wear a kilt to do this – it can be anything for your ancestors. For instance in America, traditional clothing would be western wear. You could add flannel shirts into your wardrobe or maybe even just maybe cowboy boots in your casual footwear.

If you want to go back further in your family line, research your family tree, and determine exactly where your ancestors came from. Most countries and towns have their own patterns similar to Sir Sean’s tartan design. Have a coat of arms? You could get cufflinks made with your coat of arms in it as a small nod to your history.

BONUS Style Tip 11. Invest in a Quality Robe

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Sean Connery sporting a black and white nailhead robe in Goldfinger.

In five of his seven James Bond films, Sean Connery was seen in a robe. Sir Sean knew that you had to always look good, and he never scrimped when it came to leisurewear around a home.

In Goldfinger, Connery wears a black and white nailhead silk robe in his hotel suite at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This was an ultimate style move. This isn’t something he got from the hotel. The robe has torn back cuffs and a shawl collar with black piping. The robe is tied around the waist with a belt and reaches below the knee. Underneath this silk robe, Connery wore light blue cotton pajama bottoms with a white drawstring.

In Thunderball, Connery briefly wears a navy silk robe with turn-back cuffs and a shawl collar. Earlier in the film, while at the Shrublands health clinic, Sir Sean sports a terrycloth robe with a narrow shawl collar and a belted waist.

The key takeaway – invest in a quality robe. Don’t be like every other guide and wear sweats and a t-shirt around the house. Step up your leisurewear game, and people will notice.

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The yakata robe in You Only Live Twice.

Suppose you’re feeling very adventurous and have an appreciation for Japanese culture. In that case, you could get a yukata as Connery wore in You Only Live Twice.  Yukata is a casual kimono made of cotton. The name itself means “bathing clothes.” Bond’s yukata is a printed pattern of grey on white the looks like trees and water.


Conclusion – Sean Connery Style Tips

A man who lived on his own terms, Sean Connery set the template for all men to copy – rugged machismo, sly humor, effortless style.

In this article, I broke down eleven Sean Connery style tips to steal and make your own.

  1. Classic Tailoring is Crucial
  2. Leverage Texture in Your Suits
  3. Don’t Be Afraid of the Three-Piece Suit
  4. Pay Attention to the Details
  5. Find a Hairstyle That Works and Stick to It
  6. Presidential Fold is a Must
  7. A True Dinner Jacket is Navy, Black or White
  8. Casual Doesn’t Mean Lazy
  9. Keep it Simple – Avoid Trends
  10. Real Men Wear Kilts
  11. Invest in a Quality Robe

Sean Connery set the style foundation for every other James Bond actor to follow and made an indelible mark on the style world forever. But did you know 007 makes style mistakes? Click here to see the 7 ways James Bond breaks the style rules and still gets the girl.

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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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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?


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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