Presentation Tips for Those Who Are Prone to Perspire

Presentation Tips for Those Who Are Prone to Perspire

Presentation Tips for Those Who Are Prone to Perspire

Summer or not, as a speaker it's generally in your best interest not to show perspiration in front of your audience.

In the event that you are prone to heavy perspiration, a variety of steps can help minimize the incidence of it:

  • Beyond the obvious elements of good hygiene, there is a deodorant compound composed of salt crystals that you can buy in health food stores. The odorless, colorless crystals, applied as a roll-on, kill bacteria and absorb excess perspiration longer and far more effectively than most of the name brand deodorants available.

  • Wear a T-shirt, the sleeves of which will serve as a buffer underneath your shirt or blouse. T-shirts come in a variety of necklines so as to not be seen under your clothes. On a warm day, you’ll be more comfortable wearing a T-shirt that absorbs some of your perspiration than not wearing one and somehow attempting to hold back the perspiration. A T-shirt can help make you feel cooler on an otherwise warm day, particularly when you wear a cotton outer garment that can “breathe.”

  • Avoid spicy foods such as hot peppers and condiments with jalapeno or cayenne ingredients for at least a few hours before your presentation. Such foods can trigger bouts of perspiration that may recur more easily once you’re at center stage.

  • In advance of your presentation, check the room temperature, and ask the room monitor what it will be at your start time. A slight chill in the room decreases the chances of you falling prey to profuse perspiration as a warm room increases it. If you’re mildly uncomfortable with the room temperature prior to going on, I guarantee that you’ll be over-heated once you start speaking.

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Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit or call 919-932-1996 for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars.

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