Giving Excellent Presentations in Japan (Don’t Imitate Steve Jobs!)


In a lecture on presentations being given the other day to advanced foreign learners of Japanese, there was a student who imitated Steve Job’s presentation style, but the Japanese people attending gave him a low evaluation.

So, let’s take a look at some important points that non-Japanese people need to know when giving a presentation in Japanese.


Learn the orthodox Japanese style well

When giving presentation in Japanese, there will probably be people in the audience who do not understand English very well.

Japanese people of this type are not used to presentations of the type Steve Jobs would give.

Actually, most Japanese people are used to a very simple style like that in this video.


Polish your presentation until you get it right

Advanced Japanese speakers should aim to give a perfect presentation just like a Japanese person.

Ideally, the presentation should be logical, informative, and easy for Japanese people to understand. Mid-level Japanese speakers should think of ways to compensate for their incomplete knowledge of Japanese.

First, try to gain the good will of your company.

To accomplish this, we recommend that you convey the disadvantages of products and services in addition to the advantages.

The reason is that honestly stating disadvantages in a frank appeal can easily gain the trust of Japanese people.


Practice your presentation

Make a video of your presentation and review it.

If you don’t have a video camera, use a  Bandicam.


Get feedback from two Japanese people

You should ask your Japanese teacher about the accuracy of your Japanese.Particularly make sure that your particles and sentence ending expressions are correct.You should also ask the opinion of a business person regarding the content.

Good luck on your presentation!



When do you feel like going back to your own country?


Naturally, people who have decided to live in Japan, sometimes feel like they want to go home.

I saw an article about what non-Japanese people say when they are asked which times make them feel like going back home. I’ll tell you some of the things they said.


You can read the original Japanese article below.


・When I want to see my friends and family

You can talk to them on Skype, but of course you would also like to have fun with them in person.

Try to make close friends in Japan so that you don’t get lonely!


・When I can’t express my feelings in Japanese

I also felt this way when I was living overseas. So, be sure to study your Japanese harder!


・When I can’t find a job other than teaching English conversation

In this day and age, I recommend trying to find an IT engineer job. The pay is good and a VISA is easy to get.


・When I get on a train fully packed with people

I don’t like it, either! (^_^;)

・When meetings at work drag on needlessly

One person said that even though Japanese people are very exact about starting on time, we don’t care so much about ending on time. We really are like that, aren’t we? Unfortunately, companies that have old corporate structures still hold lots of long meetings.

If there any of you out are lonely and don’t have any friends in Japan, please contact us.

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