Yeah I’m going to give you an advice right now on how to present yourself when attending seminars/training like I’m some sort of an expert. Well maybe I’m not the best dressed nor the one with the best #MUOTD. However, I have the right intentions: arrive on time, be comfortable and present your self in a way that supports your professional competence. Dress smart, because you know you are. I guess that’s reason enough to convince you to stick with me and read further.
When attending seminars and training, building my professional network is a priority. I try to get to know as many people as I can. I try my best to remember their names and collect their calling cards. You’ll never know when you’ll need them. You’ll be meeting new people so it’s important to create a good impression.
Look presentable and approachable – you don’t want to create wrong impressions with heavy smoked eyes and overly stretched winged eyeliner. So keep it simple and natural. Keep it you.
1. Avoid dark lipsticks
Seminar room lighting is designed to optimize focus and productivity. It’s just dark lipstick is too much for a well-lighted room. Also, you want people to listen to you when you talk. Not distract them with your octopus-ink lipstick.
2. You can skip the contour, but never the blush
You want to look like an Emma Watson who knows her stuff and not like a Kardashian on a red carpet. Also contouring takes time and you don’t want to be late and miss an opportunity of learning. The goal here is to be pretty in 10 minutes, woman.
The key of contour is light. It looks pretty and well-blended in yellow light but could look bad under fluorescent light –which is the usual lighting of seminar rooms. However, do not skip a nice subtle blush to keep you looking healthy and vibrant. You don’t want to look so pale like your job just sucked the life out of you. I’d generally recommend the warmer colors of peach, apricot and beige over brick-reds and plums.
Rushing to get my face done. Seriously, who has time for contouring when rushing for an 8 am Training?
3. Keep your skin moisturized
I know you are a hard working woman, but a queen does not show her struggles. You want to look healthy despite the all-nighter and caffeine overdose. In an air conditioned area like a seminar room, the air is cold but dry. Your skin can easily go dry as water tends to escape your skin to equalize with the dry air. You don’t want to look like moisture has totally abandoned your face. Don’t forget moisturizer under your make up. I don’t overdo my powder when I’m expecting to spend hours in a cold room.
4. Keep those eyes looking interested
Keep those eyes looking wide awake with either nude eye shadow and/or nice clean stroke of eyeliner. Don’t do a very thick one. Office lighting is usually bluish white so you might want to balance that out with warmer tones of eye shadow, if you should apply some. Personally, I would want to do away with glittery eye shadow. Choose chocolate browns, peach and beige colors over blues, greens and purples.
5. Smell good, but not overpowering
Smelling good will create a good first impression but avoid scents that are too strong.
6. Wear cold-resistant clothing
Make sure the temperature in the seminar room doesn’t make you uncomfortable. Wear long sleeves or bring your coat/cardigan. If you’re freezing cold, so does your brain. Woman, you don’t need to show so much skin to be attractive. I know you have your brain to do exactly just that.
You know you’re 100x more attractive with your smile on. Keep throwing your contagious smile. Ask questions and talk to people. Make the experience worthwhile.
That’s all for now. Do you have anything to add? How do you prepare yourself in attending trainings or seminars? Til next time!