Years ago I was working as an advisor on an ITV comedy reality show, “Stand Up Great Britain.” My job was to work with newer comics and get them up to a certain standard so they didn’t burn and die live on TV. In those days that was considered a bad thing.
When it comes to business presentations, most speakers play far too safely and don’t get close to the line. The result is dull, turgid presentations that actually become dangerous because the audience is bored. Most presentations could do with a little more innovation without risking your presentation. As Mark Zuckerberg says, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”