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Why is it important for an individual to be concerned about the way they dress when speaking in public?
Robert J. Blair
Trident University International
SVC 101 Module 1 Case Assignment
Dr. Jill Johnson
22 April 2011
Why is it important for an individual to be concerned about the way they dress when speaking in public?
Whether we want to admit it or not; humans are naturally bias beings. I prefer cheese cake over carrot cake; I would rather ride a sports bike instead of a Harley; I like classic rock more than country. It is perfectly natural for us to be bias; but the fact that we are bias causes us to make assumptions and create perceptions of what and how we think something ought to be. We humans also like to polarize toward people who are like us or are like how we want to be. As a public speaker you goal is to get your audience to like you, agree with you, and to want to be more like you. It doesn’t matter what the topic of your speech is. No matter what, you need the audience to become a little like you for that brief moment in time while you are talking to them. In order to do that, you have to win over their perception of you. You might be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with how I dress?” A wise person once said “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” First impressions influence how everything from that point on will be perceived. Before you get a chance to open your mouth and make a first impression; you have already made your first impression. You are communicating with non-verbal communication the second your audience sees you. The way you walk onto stage, the way you stand at the lectern, the way you hold the microphone; all of these things are being used by your audience to make a first impression of you. But the absolute first impression is made even before you have done any of these things. Your appearance makes the very first impression. The clothes you wear when speaking...