When you’re a new speaker, or just starting to consider speaking at conferences or user groups
for the first time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the things you worry
about when delivering a talk.
For years I’ve avoided talking about the topic of what to wear when presenting. I didn’t want to cover it because I
didn’t want people to think that I only worried about this topic because I was a woman. I also didn’t want other
women to inherit any of my neuroses around deciding what to wear. I’m the sort of person who always enjoyed thinking
long and hard about what to wear the next day at work, and I know that’s not how everyone works.
I realise I have a bunch of experience and advice for speakers and potential speakers that I simply haven’t written down or shared. Here’s the first piece on things to consider that you might not have thought about.
Note: as usual, my advice is from the point of view of a woman (me) and is aimed mostly at women, but also as usual it’s probably useful for others to know too.