Where you will present will often be influenced by who you are presenting to. For conferences, events, and seminars, you may need to travel, either domestically or internationally, and this may force you to consider the types of people present in your audience. Will they all be able to easily understand the language you are using? If you are in a country where your dominant language is not readily spoken, you may need to consider the choice of wording, or even the potential of translation services. You will also, as previously discussed, need to consider cultural sensitivities. There may be topics that are best avoided depending on where you present. As an example, in some countries religious or political examples and case studies may be best avoided.
There are similar issues at hand even in a domestic environment. Depending on which location you are in, you may be dealing with a wide array of cultural backgrounds, religious grouping, races and genders, and so will need to consider this in relation to your topic areas, choice of language and examples used. Age can play a critical factor here; the younger your audience, the more you may need to consider altering or amending the type of presentation you give. This is particularly true for children; the difference between 12 and 16 years old is relatively huge compared to the difference between 32 and 36 years old! As an individual, the way I choose to present is influenced hugely, particularly at school age level, by the cultural backgrounds, ages and genders of my audience, which are all linked to the location of the session. It is also worth considering that, on most occasions, presenting in an educational context is much more draining, both physically and mentally, than presenting in a corporate environment.
Travel arrangements and cost must be carefully considered, but the logistics on this front are often relatively simple to manage and prepare for, barring unforeseen circumstances and extraordinary events. You may wish to carefully consider politically sensitive locations with regards to travel, for example anywhere experiencing a form of civil strife, although in nearly all situation you will only be asked to go to safe environments.
Ultimately, location should be a more straightforward area of thought and consideration than other elements, although it does still require careful planning. It can have a major influence on the format, style and delivery of your presentation, as you will need to factor in demographics, political, cultural and racial sensitivities, and age and gender of the audience in that location, as well as the likely, or assumed, level of pre-existing knowledge on the specialist topic for the audience in the selected geography.
This is the fifth post in a weekly series looking at some ideas around presenting and preparation. All thoughts are the personal views of the author. Follow me on Twitter @s_gibbins