I know it’s been said before, and it’ll be said again, but come conference I’m always reminded of the importance of appearances. How is it that we can spend months on research, carefully choosing every point, motion and agenda item, focusing on even the strategic implications of introductions, and yet still find so many in our number who look like slobs?
I go to a co-op school. We work in real, professional environments, and even have a class where they have us come in with sample outfits. How are we not better than this? Even basic stuff, like running a brush through the hair and slapping on a smile can make a huge difference. Everyone, whether they’re chairing or a delegate, is being watched constantly. Perhaps we should occasionally look like it.
I get that being smart is what matters. But if you’re a good enough delegate to be around the table at Nationals, you know that how you couch somehting, the window dressing, the rhetoric, matters. And in the Arab League, it matters in a very big way. So why doesn’t the same principal apply to our bodies as to our national policies?
It just reflects poorly on you. It distracts from your message; it detracts from your credibility. You wouldn’t swear in committee, so why are you so disheveled that it’s vulgar? Bust out the good vocabulary as well as an iron, and you’ll make a better impression. Wear comfortable shoes on the long days and more fanciful things on the shorter ones. Cover all the bits your grandmother or boss should never see, and treat your body like it’s more than just a vessel to carry your massive brain and/or ego.
Buy clothing that fits. Don’t wear a backpack over your suit–it’s really just killing the image. Take even a small fraction of the time you used to prepare your research or your team, and use it to make yourself look as good as you will sound. And for crying out loud, don’t be the millionth person in identical navy or black clothing.