A monthly letter/column as written for & published also by Women in Transportation Services
I tend to make sure I dress “invisibly” when I’m presenting. I don’t want to distract the men, take focus from my message, or have anyone question my credibility. Should I counsel my mentoree to do the same?
The Invisible Presenter
There is definitely something to be said for not distracting from your message. But aren’t you also part of that message? That’s a great discussion to hold in a mentoring relationship.
Supporting your message may not be about erasing or being invisible. Supporting your message may be in people feeling they can ask you questions, have further discussions with you, ask you for more guidance.
We sell our messages with:
- · Tone and volume of voice
- · Facial expression
- · Gestures
- · Word choice
- · Attitude… and
- · Our visual presence
As long as you’re not trying to be deliberately provocative (unless that supports the message), ask yourself if you’re cutting out a form of communication that could help you create the change or conversation desired.
Now, ask me anything.... :-)