In a move that shocked the cruise industry, the CEO of Crystal Cruises abruptly resigned yesterday, Edie Rodriguez has left the company she lead since 201. Under her command, the #1 rated all-inclusive cruise giant was purchased by Hong Kong base Genting.
Ms Rodriquez led a complete transformation of the line fro two stellar ships, the Serenity and the Symphony to an offering that will comprise 3 more ocean liners (one a condo arrangement), 5 river ships, a fleet of yachts and two aircraft.
A 777 is being reconfigured from holding 300 pax to one with almost 90. It’s focus will be for high rollers to take extended vacations with a theme – like golf courses of the world. Imagine Scotland on Monday, Pebble Beach on Wenesday.
Crystal has been based in LA for many years but has expanded operations to the Miami area. Key personnel have left the company in the last few years, including the VP of Entertainment, VP of Marketing and the COO.
Specific reasons for Ms. Rodriguez departure were not released – but it’s said it was amiable. It’s hoped that more will come out soon. She has no immediate announcement as to a new position in the industry.
Tom Wolber, fresh from Disney was announced as the new CEO – effective now. While with Disney for 28 years, Wolber has been President and CEO of Euro Disney and held posts at the Walt Disney World Resort.
SpeakOnCruises is rolling out a new offering. Coaching. The focus will be on speakers who need help in the process of Public Speaking.
We were all born goo-gooing and it took time to even talk. Giving presentations in public is a learned art. The best have been in your position.
We’ve been doing it most of our careers – we taken the classes, read the books, joined Toastmasters and Dale Carnegie to LEARN how to put thoughts together and deliver top notch talks. Are we cocky? Well – yes. We are confident that we can help you.
We’re a veteran owned business and in the military you better give great briefings to your superiors or you may be figurative peeling potatoes!
We’ll be presenting our program here soon. We can take you to the podium.
What will it cost? We are honing in on that now. What is it worth to you to become a speaker.? We WANT you to succeed so we can get you on ship and then get your referrals. That’s our angle. Up front. It’s not to extract more $$. And no BS – we cut to the chase. No book to buy, $3,000 seminar to attend, nope just the facts. We’ll even film you if local or review your progress via skype if remote. We use technology.
Enough for now – we wanted to get this “head’s up” out.
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The NSA, as it’s called (not that one), is the organization for professional speakers.
It is actually international in nature, through formal relations with sister clubs. The benefits are huge for budding speakers. The organization hosts local chapters. Where I live, there is a San Francisco group. Just poke around the www and you can find one.
You will get a monthly magazine with information from high paid speakers. Many actually make a career out of speaking. They might be on the “podium” or conduct coaching or related services. Their main talk is the Keynote. I have one – do you?
There is also a annual National Convention where heavy hitters talk to over 200 attendees. Quarterly training sessions are also held. Local chapters bring in value-add “thought leaders” to help you learn the business.
To join you need to have 30 documented paid gigs. These can be for a dollar at the Lions Club – don’t just do it for a free lunch – ask for $1. And get a receipt/invoice to prove it. Annual dues are $400. The local chapter may ask you for $100.
Think about it – find a chapter – and attend as a guest. I was a guest for maybe 5 months while I was building up my entry qualifications.
Contact us – we can help you in all phases of speaking.