The sun shone most of the time on the Notting Hill carnival today. Not that rain would have dampened the exuberance. Too many performers have anticipated the day, planning that started the day the last one ended, creating ever more exotic costumes, 100 strong steel band rehearsals,floats louder than ever, building to the fever pitch of carnival.
It was an experience anticipated by half a million people. They were not let down. It was joyful, surprising, engaging, vibrant, creative and loud.
Compare with the average business pitch. Formal, predictable, safe. And yet this audience too will have arrived with a sense of anticipation, hoping for a performance that if not loud is surprising, engaging, vibrant and creative.
Next time you pitch, add a touch of carnival!