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Equipment Photographs

In my public speaking course I teach about  the importance of using equipment photographs. Even though I know this and teach it I ran into a situation where they were needed for a presentation 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 like I was told there would be. The manager of the large ballroom did not speak any English and because of the close scheduling of other events, I was not able to be in the room early like I like to be.

I forgot to bring my equipment photographs which would have gotten the point across to the manager immediately whether he spoke English or not. In the end it it didn't matter anyway though, because the projector that he finally brought worked so badly that I ended up scrapping all the overheads anyways.

I did not stress out though because I am ALWAYS prepared for total equipment failure and so went on with my presentation. Lessons learned 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 to smile 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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