Friday, September 21, 2007

Public Speaking : Show 'em When You Cross Cultures

Not everything in a public speaking presentation will translate over to another culture. Some words won’t hold the same weight. Nonverbal movements often hold different definitions across the borders of other countries. However, there are three things that are always recognizable and appreciated; cartoons, juggling, and magic.

When avoiding political overtones, cartoons are great sources of entertainment of any public speaking audience. Another bonus for you, they are everywhere! You can even go online and find some cartoons of that country or have a correspondent from that area send you audience-relevant material.

While you may not make an elephant disappear like Copperfield or Houdini, you too can juggle and perform magic for you public speaking events. It doesn’t have to be anything major. You are there for the content and any other small addition to your presentation is a bonus! There are books upon books that provide information on how to perform magic tricks and juggle. Pick a few out that don’t involve a saw or hammer and practice them until you feel comfortable enough to do these in your public speaking engagement. No matter what country you’re in, you’ll feel right at home when the audience is smiling and laughing because of your Houdini-like talents!

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