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Walk the Talk: What’s the problem with that phrase?

by PowerSpeaking, Inc.     Jun 14, 2015 2:00:00 PM

During his all-hands meeting on a visit to Beijing, a VP repeated the message of his presentation many times: “Walk the talk.” There had been a period of low employee morale in the region due to negative press coverage. Hence, he implored the China directors to model integrity to push morale higher.

After the all-hands, the directors convened to make meaning of the presentation. They determined that “Walk the talk” meant that he was commanding the directors to walk the floor and talk to employees more. And that’s what they did.

How idiom-filled is your language? Are you aware of its impact on global audiences?


During a presentation, how often do you say things like:

  • At the end of the day
  • Through the roof
  • Across the board
  • Bang for the buck
  • Land an account
  • Table a discussion
  • Strike while the iron is hot
  • Out of the loop
  • Jack up the price
  • Bite the bullet
  • Comparing apples to oranges
  • Pull the plug 

That’s the thing about American idioms – we’re so accustomed to them that we don’t even notice we’re using them. That’s a danger in presenting to colleagues outside the States.

PowerSpeaking, Inc.’s Global Presentations workshop can help you be a more effective and strategic speaker with global audiences, avoiding unconscious mistakes and misunderstanding.

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Whether presenting in a new cultural business environment or wanting to create a presentation to deliver to multiple world-wide locations, this program provides a quick way to fine-tune your presentation for maximum effectiveness by focusing on:  delivery style, content and visual aids, and skills for facilitating the Q & A section.

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Maximum Participants: 24

Objective:  To develop global presentations skills with respect to delivery style, organization of content, visual aids and the Q & A session.

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  • presenting to a multicultural audience either virtual of in person
  • planning a business trip that includes making presentations
  • planning on delivering a presentation in multiple world-wide locations
  • want to have feedback on their global message
  • want to develop a global general or cultural-specific delivery style
  • want to improve facilitating questions and answers in a multicultural setting
  • want feedback on a presentations effectiveness from a “global-mindset” perspective


  • Diagnose current presentation style
  • Understand cultural differences in expectations of speakers
  • Develop and deliver two different delivery styles for establishing credibility for a global audience
  • Learn to style-switch on three cultural dimensions:  formal/informal, background/foreground, direct/indirect
  • Learn what gestures are not appropriate for which cultures
  • Learn key tips for delivery style
  • Learn the different connotations of colors in different cultures for designing slides
  • Modify slides for a global audience
  • Facilitate an effective cross-cultural Q & A session


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PowerSpeaking, Inc.

Topics: Organization, Presentation Tips, Presentation Skills, Global Presentations

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