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10 Important Points to Keep in Mind When Addressing a Global Audience

This article focuses on ten tips to consider when speaking to a global audience. Some of these tips include considering time zones, knowing about geography and culture, avoiding jargon and idioms, and using plain English.

Chapter 5: Perceiving Groups

Here you will find an explanation on the difference between stereotype, prejudice and discrimination. The site explains each term in detail, and discusses whether or not these three types of perception are inevitable.


Dealing with Resistance Needs More than Good Presentation Skills

Public Speaking International’s page talks about how to effectively deal with a skeptical audience. The page first talks about understanding the role of culture in your presentation, and then explains how to deal with resistance that you can’t plan for.


Denotative and Connotative Meaning

This page is a guide to the difference between connotative and denotative meaning. The page provides a definition and an example for each, and also includes a practice worksheet with answers.



Visit this website for a better understanding of ethnocentrism. The site explains where the term ethnocentrism came from, and gives a definition and an example.


Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions

Clearly Cultural’s page explains the Geert Hofstede cultural dimensions, and it gives insights to the model’s drawbacks. In the middle of the page you will find links that further explain each cultural dimension. The page also provides an interactive table that shows the power distance, individualism, masculinity and other cultural factors about countries from around the world.



Visit this site to get a closer look at paralanguage. You will find a definition for paralanguage, and ten interactive practice questions that will help you identify the different kinds of paralanguage.


Presenting Across Borders

This Toastmasters International page discusses how to avoid misperceptions when speaking globally. The first page contains an introduction, below which are links to more specific topics. These topics include international audiences, speaking globally and Parlez-Vouz, a section dedicated to explaining the right ways to be an American tourist.


Public Speaking: International Perspective on Humor

This website is explains how to properly use humor with a global audience. The site gives examples of what could go wrong if you are not fully prepared, and it gives examples of differences between US culture and other cultures around the world.


What to Know When You're Speaking to an International Audience

The Total Communicator uses this page to give an interesting perspective on speaking to an international audience. The article talks about using language carefully, using a script, and knowing what to expect from your audience.


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