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Tuesday, March 17 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
What I Learned Speaking in Yemen

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In this solo presentation, I will share the many things I learned while visiting a country where kidnapping Westerners seems like a sport and where terrorists train with seeming impunity.
The people are not what you'd expect. Did you know the windows don't go down in an armored Lexus SUV? Did you know that coffee is being replaced by khat because it's more economical? Khat is a local narcotic that is "not a drug" and "not addictive" if you ask the locals, who all have cheeks swollen with a big wad of khat and slightly glazed eyes.
Do you know that many women feel a lot of power in wearing the veil? I will share these and various other insights.
The larger context of this session is a reflection on how our stereotypes about other countries, other cultures and other peoples are still so limiting to us in so many ways.

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John Bates

CEO/Founder, Executive Speaking Success & Business Consulting LLC
John Bates is in business to bring out what is awesome inside every person so it can live in the world and make a real difference.
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Sharon Bates

Dir of Community Relations, Executive Speaking Success & Business Consulting, LLC
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Texas Ballroom 4-7 208 Barton Springs Rd

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