Wednesday 25 May 2022
Confidence and style with Jarrod Walsh
Who is Jarrod Walsh?
Jarrod Walsh is the voice of live sport in Adelaide. As a professional on the microphone on countless platforms, he’s graced the airwaves of Adelaide radio stations Nova 919 and FiveAA, and provided on-ground entertainment for Port Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide 36ers, Adelaide United, the Boomers, Socceroos and many more.
We spoke to Jarrod about five key tips on how to communicate with style and confidence, and how to showcase your personality without breaking a sweat.
Five tips on confident communication
Most of us know how to hold a conversation, but communicating with confidence is a whole different ball game. I’ve boiled down five of my most important tips on how you can get your point across with authenticity and authority.
1. Understand your audience
Get to know the people you’re speaking to – thorough research and asking questions are the best ways to do it. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when it’s time for you to speak.
2. Be humble
Being humble is a powerful way to communicate. Humility speaks volumes about your personality and naturally conveys confidence. Take everything as an opportunity and always be grateful to those around you.
3. Stand up for what you believe in
Your values are key to unlocking confidence. Being humble is important, but don’t forget to be proud of your own beliefs. If you show your connection to what you feel and believe, others will be drawn to your glow.
4. Take measured risks
Taking calculated risks is a great lesson in confidence. The worst thing that can happen is that you fail, but the outcome still presents you with a new opportunity to learn.
5. Find your style
You can take inspiration from others, but it’s important to discover and celebrate your individuality. Your personal style represents you – it's authentic and inimitable.
How to flaunt your style
You’ll be surprised at how much you can show your personality through the way you dress. Winter is my favourite season – and I personally go straight for a slick winter jacket on most occasions.
I love a jacket for its versatility. I can wear it with a nice shirt and pants if I’m out for dinner with the boys, or I can wear one with a comfy tee if I’m out doing chores. It also keeps me warm during the colder months, and it’s my go-to outerwear when I’m travelling overseas for work.
I tend to lean towards darker colours for my dress style, and they’re in season right now. Some of my favourite shades in my rotation right now are chocolate, khaki and burgundy. When I’m buying a new jacket, I pick one that stays true to my personal style while staying fashionable for a few years – not just a flash in the pan.
Dress for the occasion
Your appearance is extremely important in how you present yourself, both visually and verbally. That extra step you take in your preparation goes a long way toward your own confidence, and how you’ll come across to your audience.
When I dress for public speaking, I aim to be presentable, professional, but most importantly, comfortable. I usually wear a sharp fitted shirt with dark jeans, but I equally love the idea of dressing to the nines. As I’m wearing sporting apparel most weekends, the idea of dressing up with a suit jacket to make a bold fashion statement excites me.
Jarrod Walsh has over 15 years of professional communication experience, working with the likes of Nova 919 and FiveAA, and has provided commentary for Port Power, the Boomers, the Socceroos and many more.