In a workshop we coached this week, a participant apologized for his casual clothing and not totally “professional” background. He said, “Usually I’d be more ready to be on.”
But what I noticed wasn’t his clothes or the room behind him. What I noticed was how ready he was to interact, to ask questions, and to immerse himself in the material we had to offer.
All he needed in order to be “on” was the willingness to engage. Nothing else mattered.