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Dress appropriately as a communicator-Darko addresses the significance of appearance

Ghanaian broadcast and fashion designer, Kofi Okyere Darko, emphasized the significance of personal appearance in building a public speaker’s brand.

Speaking at a public lecture organized by the MA Public Speaking class at the University of Media, Arts, and Communication (UNIMAC-GIJ) on Thursday, June 15, 2023, Darko highlighted the importance of dressing appropriately for students during lectures and social gatherings.

Darko stressed that one’s appearance is a defining factor and called on students to dress suitably, as it contributes to their credibility and authority. He expressed concern about encountering students dressed inappropriately at the event’s entrance, stating that it reflects not only their personal image but also their background.

“Your attire speaks volumes about you. It’s inappropriate, and it reflects the kind of home you come from, not just the institution,” Darko remarked.

He urged lecturers to be aware of the outfits students wear to class, while also advising students to dress according to the expectations of their profession. Darko drew attention to the attire of lawyers and military academy members as examples.

Guest speaker Nancy Adobea, a Ghanaian television and radio presenter, also shared her insights during the event.

Adobea specifically addressed the female attendees, advising them to be mindful of their choice of shoes and wristwatches for professional occasions. She cautioned against uncomfortable heels, which can undermine professionalism in their respective fields.

Additionally, she mentioned that wearing oversized watches designed for men with casual attire is acceptable.

Adobea concluded by encouraging female communicators to opt for female wristwatches for formal events, as it contributes to a polished overall appearance.

In the realm of public speaking, the attire worn by a speaker reflects their commitment to their profession and personal character, as well as their upbringing. It plays a crucial role in how they wish to be perceived and defined by their audience.


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