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They fear that audience engagement activities will be perceived as "not serious," or presentation slides with images will be perceived as "fluff."
They sit instead of stand at the conference table because "that's just how it's done."
They wear suits when they don't want to wear suits, or neutral tones even though they like bright colors. They give self-introductions of lengthy credentials and thank yous for no good reason except that everyone else does it that way.
And so on...
So here's my question for you:
What have you done successfully -- in your presentations -- that was considered "different" or "unusual" or "outside the box" for your particular company or industry?
Have you done one or some of the above? Have you taken a risk and done something else that generally "isn't done" in your field -- and had great results? Please share in the comments!
I want my readers and clients to see examples of successfully challenging the status quo (stick to the realm of public speaking, please), and the positive results that can be achieved by standing out instead of blending in.