A word of warning. When developing technical presentations for conferences, there are a lot of things that you as the presenter will have to worry about. There is one however, that a lot of presenters skip over, cultural relevance. If you plan on giving your talk in a country outside of your own, you need to think carefully about your opening, any jokes you tell, and any anecdotes you share. More than one speaker has presented a talk to their home crowd in their native language and nailed it perfectly, only to find that in a different culture, it falls flat. You don’t want your talk to get lost in translation on it’s way to your audience.
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