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Public Speaking Skills: 

Equipment Photographs

I've talked about using equipment photographs before as part of your public speaking skills, but ran into a situation where they were needed again this month while doing a public speaking engagement in Morocco. The primary languages there are Arabic and French. Just arranging for an overhead projector was very difficult.

When I arrived to the place where I would be presenting there was no overhead projector and screen, even though I had confirmed beforehand three times. The manager of this huge ballroom could not speak English and because of tight scheduling of other events, I was not able to be in the room early as I always am.

I forgot to bring my "public speaking skills" equipment photographs which would have gotten the point across to the manager immediately whether he spoke English or not. It really didn't matter though, because the projector he finally brought was so terrible I had to scrap all the overheads anyways.

When using these public speaking skills, I am ALWAYS prepared for total equipment failure and so went on with the program without hesitation. Lessons learned for "Tips" when speaking in a foreign environment:

1. Have photographs of the equipment you need.

2. Have a backup plan and be ready to use it

3. When you leave you own country start smiling and don't quit until you are locked safely in your bathroom (smile then too if you want to). Never get upset in public. Getting upset will only make things worse for you and your public speaking engagement will suffer.

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