Avoiding the "Oops!" in Presentations.An American American, river, 30 mi (48 km) long, rising in N central Calif. in the Sierra Nevada and flowing SW into the Sacramento River at Sacramento. The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill (see Sutter, John Augustus) along the river in 1848 led to the California gold rush of executive delivering a presentation to a non-U.S. audience cannot take a business-as-usual approach simply because those listening know the English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. . To increase such an audience's ability to understand the presentation, the speaker would do well to follow the advice of Lionel Laroche, a cross-cultural trainer and consultant based in Thornhill, Ontario Thornhill (2006 population 106,394) is an upscale community in Ontario, Canada, directly north of Toronto. It is considered the most affluent of Toronto suburbs. It straddles two municipalities, the city of Vaughan having the portion west of Yonge Street and the town of Markham , Canada. In a recent issue of Runzheimer International's newsletter, Laroche writes:
* Speak (slightly) more slowly than usual.
* Enunciate clearly, particularly technical words and numbers.
* Define all acronyms and abbreviations.
* Limit your vocabulary. Always use the same words to mean the same thing.
* Do not speak much louder than usual. (People interpret this as talking down to them.)
Laroche also advises thinking about the level of detail that will work well in the presentation, depending on the audience. Germans and Japanese are detail oriented o·ri·ent
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And think twice before soliciting questions from the audience. While doing so is popular with Americans, the Japanese tend to prefer to stay silent while someone is speaking.
Finally, for the most part, it's best to forget about humor humor, according to ancient theory, any of four bodily fluids that determined man's health and temperament. Hippocrates postulated that an imbalance among the humors (blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile) resulted in pain and disease, and that good health was .