We are often told to dress for the designation we want, not the designation we are in. Ever wondered why? When we dress a certain way, we project ourselves a certain way. Think of it like the statements we make through our words, behavior and style. Everything we do shows a side of us. Of course, different people will see the same side of you differently. Nonetheless, you can fully control what you show the world. Through dedicated practice and consistent application, you can alter your behavior patterns and communication to adapt to any and every situation.
Imagine a ten thousand people at a concert, all waiting with baited breath for a band they love to show on the stage and begin. Every single one of them paid a good amount of hard-earned, blood-sweat-tears money on passes, just so they could be a part of this concert, this crowd. The band’s drummer walks onto the stage with the lead guitarist to perform one last sound check before they start their show. The crowd gets dizzy with anticipation. The lead singer shows up at the last possible minute, sending the crowd into a massive wave of excitement.
Now, imagine being that lead singer. The sheer amount of power you possess, to influence thousands of people, to captivate them enough to be able to hold all of their attention for the remainder of the show. That is the power some hold every single day of their lives. They have managed to regulate the reaction to their actions by their presentation. Think of the stage producers and artist managers that put the grunt work into making the concert a success. Together with the band, it is their presentation skills that the consumers pay to see.
For a fun instructional video on presentation skills, check: “Queen” performing at Live Aid 1985.