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Toastmasters Tips for Speaking to a Diverse Audience

Edward Anderton

As the co-founder and managing director of Scarlata Chocolate, Edward Anderton’s efforts led to over 300 percent growth for the company in 2016 alone. Aside from his career, Edward Anderton is a former member of Edmond’s Toastmasters, where he won multiple speech contests.

Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization aiming to help members become better public speakers and leaders. The organization’s website offers specific tips for when giving a speech to a diverse audience from a wide range of languages and cultural backgrounds.

The most important things to remember are to enunciate clearly and avoid speaking too fast. These two pointers will help people relatively new to your language better understand your speech, as they will not have to struggle to keep up or work through your accent.
It is also crucial to avoid accidentally offending members of your audience by using metaphors and slang that may be perfectly acceptable in your culture, but offensive in another. Toastmasters also suggests avoiding slang and idioms all together, as the meaning may be lost on novices to your language, or may mean something entirely different in their language or culture.

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