Loved the Career Tools podcasts on presentation attire. I've been coaching someone who's relatively new to presentations and the timing of these casts was perfect.
Several questions that arise from the podcasts and don't seem to have been addressed in the forums. (At least, not that I found. Please feel free to point to a thread and delete if these are repeats.)
1. Convention / Seminar: The podcasts dealt with a presentation that was happening within one's own company, or with a client. What about attire when presenting to a convention or seminar, composed of a wide range of professionals of about the same level as me, but with whom I do not share any kind of employer/employee relationship (in either direction)? In this example I'm self-employed, as are most of the attendees, so attire conventions of my office do not apply. My sense is that I should take an average of similar professionals I've met in this area, and go up one notch from there. Sound right? Or should I just take the highest level of dress from the same sampling and use that as my "office norm"? It's tough, too, because these are mental health professionals, who can sometimes can see excessive fancypantsing as a sign that one is too money-focused, and not focused enough on Doing Good Work. But I still want to look good and wow 'em.
2. Makeup for women: If the intended effect of much of the attire (i.e. black column with two wavy white arms) is to draw and keep the attention of the audience, shouldn't a woman wear a little *more* makeup if she is presenting in a large auditorium with some amount of stage lighting? I get the smaller earrings, I get the fewer bracelets; jangly distractors aren't good. But without looking like a clown, shouldn't a woman emulate an actor onstage with bright lights in a dim auditorium and use a little more makeup than usual to make her features pop? Or is that just too stagey or showy? (I'm guessing Jobs wears makeup... Jobs being the ne plus ultra of presenters for my addled brain.)