On the international speaking tour I just returned from I could
have made a serious flaw had I not checked out material with the
locals after I got in the country.

Apparently one country hates a certain kind of animal to the
point where some natives actually try to run over the animal when
driving on the road. A nearby country loves the same animal.

Although in this case I chose to avoid any comments about this
animal issue, I could have ruined a speech by saying the wrong
thing about this animal in the wrong country.

This same concept can apply to different areas or the same
country or even different parts of the same city. Always check
comments you plan on making that are localized with several local
people before using them. You might just save yourself a big
embarrassing bomb.

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