Take a self-inventory.
Think about what global connections you already have through
social media, NSA, and other organizations. What countries are
you drawn to or do you have some knowledge about? Consider
how much time and energy you have to speak in another country.
You can count on it being a greater investment than preparing for
a traditionally delivered solo program in your home country.
Also, what are the benefits you anticipate from partnering
with a colleague from another country? One of Dirk’s goals was to
speak in the U. S. Having Jennifer as a new speaking partner from
NSA helped him practice his English and move toward this goal.
Find your partner.
Take a moment to reflect on your other past
business partnerships and ask yourself what
made those experiences work (or not work)
for you. Consider the personality and communication style, values, competencies, and
skills of your prospective partner. Take time
to really get to know each other, which will
take several conversations of honest dialogue.
You can then decide if you should move forward with a collaboration. Be sure to observe
how your new partner acts as you start the
planning process and watch out for any red
flags. Do they follow through on commitments? Is your communication clear? Are they
willing to talk through misunderstandings?
Plan via a video conferencing platform like
Zoom. This allows you to read facial expressions and share screens. We created a detailed
plan with deadlines and responsibilities and
made adjustments as necessary. In addition,
a signed contract was critical to prevent any
Research the market in the countries you are
considering and see where your topic might
fit. Jennifer’s niche on harnessing the power of
introverts was not widely known in Germany.
Because two of her books had been translated
into German, she reached out to her German
publisher, Junfermann, to learn more about
speaking opportunities. An introduction to
Dirk followed. You also can connect with NSA
and GSF (Global Speakers Federation) colleagues on social media to learn more about
the markets in their countries.