We are thrilled to welcome international speakers to our directory!
If you’re considering booking someone from another country, keep these tips in mind:
- Plan around the time difference. A great meeting time in the United States might mean your speaker joins the event at midnight in his or her home country. Choose a time that’s most convenient for everyone in attendance.
- Realize there may be additional fees for currency exchange, depending on your payment method. Compensate accordingly.
- Know and maintain cultural practices from the speaker’s home country.
- Avoid using slang. People who speak a non-native language well may not know current slang terminology from other places.
- Don’t reference stereotypes about the speaker’s home country. These stereotypes may be hurtful.
- Use active listening to ensure the proper messages are heard.
- If you have a bilingual or multilingual presentation, use interpreters as needed.
- Help your speaker be as comfortable as possible. Ensure that he or she has a clear understanding of the event, the talk, the audience, and your expectations.
- Enjoy the experience of getting to know someone from another part of the world!
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