Scarf: Israel, Shirt: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Miss Me, Shoes: F21
I absolutely hate getting up in front of people and talking.
I don't care what we're talking about. I'm never "in the mood" for public speaking.
Our church is doing a weekly women's event called "Her Story".
Each week, a different woman from the church (mostly Pastor's wives, like me), will get up and share her life story to the rest of the women attending the brunch event.
Luckily I haven't been asked to share and if I am, my excuse will be that I feel as though I am still at the beginning of my "story", and since I'm the youngest wife in the group I think they'll buy it!
At our last pastors' wives get-together, I was asked to do a blog post about what to wear when you're speaking in front of people, so here are a few pointers I came up with:
1. Consider the Venue: Is it indoors or outdoors, hot or cold, what is the lighting like? If there are concrete, tile, or wood floors pay attention to which shoes you decide to where as heels are sometimes slippery on smooth surfaces (I've learned this the hard way). Are there any steps that you will be walking up or down, heels are also difficult on steps.
2. Consider your Audience: What kind of people are you speaking with and what kind of person do you want to portray through your outfit? Are you going for a job interview, or speaking in front of a large crowd? Know who you are speaking to and dress the part. When in doubt, modest/professional is always a safe choice.
3. Consider your Reaction: Some people (like I) get super nervous when getting up in front of people. If you "perspire" when you get nervous, think about wearing dark colors like black, navy blue, charcoal grey, or a dark purple that will hide any perspiration, and then accessorize with a colorful scarf or jewelry. If your hands shake and you will be holding a mic or notes, keep your hands undecorated--subtle polish and almost no rings as that will draw attention to your hands and even more if you are shaky.
That about does it! If you can think of anything else that would be helpful leave it in a comment!