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How does one's appearance impact the audience's perception during a presentation?  
One’s personal appearance (e.g., clothing, jewelry, hair, etc.) influence’s the audience’s perception of you and the image you project. Therefore, it is important to dress appropriately for your audience. If you are a comedian, it might be perfectly appropriate to wear mismatched clothes and colorful make-up and/or accessories, but if you are making a more serious presentation, such as in an academic setting, you may want to wear something more professional and minimize the accessories so the audience’s focus is more on your words than your appearance. The Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Program’s master training course includes some instructional material about projecting the proper image. Although the focus of this course is to train individuals to become AFTB instructors, their materials offer some very practical suggestions on what to wear when making a presentation. For example, they recommend that the attire be professional and to wear non-distracting accessories. They also warn prospective instructors to minimize scents. Heavy perfumes can be distracting and also offensive to some members of your audience. Pay attention to grooming details (e.g., look in the mirror before beginning your presentation). If unsure of your audience, ask the person coordinating the presentation. The image you might want to project for a group of six year olds would probably be very different from the one you would want to project for a group of scientists at a medical convention.
Keywords: Presentation skills, Etiquette, Leadership

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