Speaking in front of an international audience

Module 1: The Essentials of oral communication in a cross-cultural context

1. Adapting to the context

  • Understanding the 3 types of culture: linear-active, multi-active and reactive
  • Using non-verbal communication: body language, eye contact and voice
  • Identifying positive and negative attitudes according to various cultures
  • Learning the characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon model
  • Creating an globally acceptable relationship

2. Learning about language constraints

  • Knowing how prosody varies from culture to culture
  • Understanding the rhythm and sound variations of international English
  • Mastering the lexical specificities of international English
  • Articulation techniques, expression, fluency, voice placement

3. Anti-stage fright techniques

  • Identifying mechanisms of stress: before, during, after
  • Assessing how imagination worsens stress
  • Learning tips to help reduce your stage fright
  • Managing the environment: technical and personal
  • Preparing your tools: index cards etc

4. Having maximum impact while remaining concise

  • Identifying core information
  • Ensuring speech density
  • Assessing the risk of using flowery language internationally
  • Managing time: a crucial implicit message according to culture

Module 2: Giving a common message to as many cultures as possible

1. Build your speech depending on your objectives and the cultural context

  • Making different types of speeches
  • Defining the needs of various organizations depending on the culture
  • Assessing the importance of context in communication depending on the culture
  • Comparing the French model with the Anglo-Saxon model
  • Characteristics of an international plan: the inverted pyramid
  • Following the 3 stages of creation and the CHOC method for a punchy presentation
  • Building the presentation as a coherent whole

2. Capturing the audience’s attention

  • Using the 4 levels of information to hook your audience
  • Structuring a strong speech by using the attention span of the audience
  • Measuring how attentive your audience is
  • Identifying the cultural registers of humor
  • Humor and faux pas: the pitfalls and the politically correct
  • From the written form to the oral speech: making one's presentation lively

3. Convincing through demonstration, winning approval by personal commitment

  • Delivering the message
  • Organizing the arguments
  • Adapting the transitions
  • Using analogies and illustrations

4. Taking cultural diversities into consideration during the exchange

  • Group management rituals
  • Answering questions effectively
  • Being aware of cross-cultural differences during discussions
  • Identifying hierarchy and power stakes in cross-cultural communication
  • Time management: perception and use of time, intervals during the presentation
  • Maintaining contact: look, listen, rephrase, conclude

Speaking in front of an international audience

Remote sessions

  • 3 half-days
  • Small groups (max 4 persons)
  • Optimal interactivity

Public Courses


 Novembre 8-9-10, 2021, Remote Session
1620 €HT/pers. Training session held in English

 December 1-2, 2021, Paris
1620 €HT/pers. Training session held in English


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