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Equipment Photographs

In my public speaking course you will learn about  the importance of using equipment photographs in a foreign country. Even though I know this, I ran into a situation where they were needed for a presentation in Morocco and I forgot  bring them with me. 

The primary languages in Morocco are Arabic and French. When I arrived to the place where I would be giving my speech there was no overhead projector and screen like I had been promised. The manager of the large ballroom did not speak any English and I was not able to be in the room early like I usually am, because of the lack of time between presenters.

If I hadn't forgotten to bring my equipment photographs, I could have gotten the point across to the manager immediately whether he spoke English or not. In the end it didn't matter anyway because the projector that he finally brought was so terrible 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. 
Here are some tips from my public speaking course to remember when speaking in a foreign country.

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. Never get upset or angry  in public. Getting upset will only make things worse for you and your presentation will suffer.

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