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Public Speaking Course: 

Bilingual Help 

As I teach in my public speaking course you must be prepared for any kind of situation. When going over your room setup and audio/visual requirements before the program you might encounter a foreign logistics technician. If you find yourself in that kind of situation make sure you go over the steps in advance of the presentation (hopefully numerous times). Then during your presentation have a bilingual person there to help make sure you and the logistics person are on the same wavelength in understanding, so less complications will result.

Try to be in the room really early on the day of your presentation (at least two hours before the audience enters the room) and try to have your bilingual helper there too. Terms that are familiar to most English speaking presenters are difficult to translate into a foreign language. A good idea is to take pictures of the various items you may need (overhead projector, white board, etc.) and carry them with you to the even. 

Remember from my public speaking course, when you want something and are desperate in a foreign country, all you have to do is show the picture which is worth a million words.

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