I was privileged enough to attend an OgilvyConnect training for nonprofits on storytelling and public speaking last week.
One thing I really liked was the advice our trainer, Bess Bezirgan, gave on standing behind a podium if you’re short. She recommended talking with the organizers as much as possible before the event to make adjustments – a lav mic so you can move around or even a step stool to stand on.
She did not tell us ladies to wear heels.
Basically – don’t change yourself, change the room. It was subtle advice and perhaps unintentional, but I appreciated it.
It’s no secret to anyone that knows me dans la vie veritable that I’m at best, ambivalent, about heels. At worst, will go on an anti-patriarchy tirade. I may have gone off on a rant about men not having to wear heels, being comfortable when presenting, heels give you back problems…I’m sure you know the arguments.
But Bess didn’t. So, thank you.