Hey!! My name is Vinay Reddy and I am a Software Design Engineer in Test in the GXP team. I have put together a few tips below you could use to connect better with an international audience. Though this blog has been written keeping PowerPoint in mind, most of the tips mentioned here apply to other Office applications as well.
The world has truly become global. In our daily lives, especially in the business world, we interact with people from different cultures and ethnicities. In this blog, I will share a few tips on how you can make PowerPoint presentations more globally appealing. These tips can send a message to your audience that you understand the local culture/market. A few of the tips listed below may seem minor, but they can touch a cord with the audience and help you evangelize your ideas more effectively. Some of the topics have been covered previously. This blog consolidates all these points into one article while exploring new features.
By choosing a Font and Subset pertaining to the culture of your choice (see below), the Symbol dialog displays an abundance of symbols that carry significance in the culture corresponding to the font.
If you are unsure of which font pertains to the culture which interests you, you can use the Font dropdown in the Home tab on the Ribbon to guide you. In the image below, you can tell the font selected is a Hindi font due to the display of Hindi characters next to the font name. This font will expose you to symbols which carry significance in the Indic culture.
Let's say you are done creating an informative presentation which truly crosses language barriers. Now your challenge is to present it to an audience who are dispersed world-wide. No hassles!! Now there is a new feature in PowerPoint 2010 which allows you to broadcast your presentation to an audience distributed geographically, be it with folks in the adjacent building or the other side of the globe.
Double Bonanza!! They say a good old trick can never get too old. If you still want additional help in the form of notes which you do not want the audience to see, you can switch to presenter mode, a feature which has been in PowerPoint since 2003. This can be particularly helpful if most of the content in your slides is in a language in which you are not proficient. This will require you to use two monitors.
Any small measures that you take in trying to tailor the presentation to the needs of the audience can pay rich dividends. I hope you found this blog helpful in giving ideas on how you can come up with ways to connect better with an international audience. Feel free to ask questions or leave your responses in the comments section below.
I really enjoyed writing this this blog and my work was made easier thanks to the valuable contributions from Grace Sturman and Sirirat Reinikka.