Today is the last installment in our summary of talks that Agencies have been directed by their cruise ships to not send forward. Today’s list winds up our discussion. We at SpeakOnCruises.com refer to these lists to make sure we don’t send clients on a wild goose chase. We want everyone to land assignments speaking. We help develop the topics by working with the client to ferret out those areas that they are expert in.
Related => Commitment and Perseverance
Steer away from these topics:
Art History, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Culture, Maritime History, Celebrities/Hollywood, Theater, Music, Nature/Wildlife, HGTV topics, Wine/Food(Destination Related), “Meatier” topics with a broad appeal, Health & Wellness, Communication, Genealogy Finance, Estate Planning, Arts & Crafts, Sudoku, Current Events, Politics, Energy, Global Warming, Astrology, Digital Photography, Chef/Culinary, Computers, Self Help, Motivational, Public Speaking/Business, Health/Wellness, and Fashion Yoga, Jewelry, Publishing and Writing, New Age/Dreams, Handwriting Analysis, Home/Business Organization.
At SpeakONCruises.com, we promote that everyone is an expert at something. Talk about your passion on cruise ships. Then it’s real easy. No notes needed. We do get calls from folks who need help developing their talk theme and supporting talks. We advise; they speak.
However, it is worth telling you that not all topics are in demand. Sorry to break it to you, but your knowledge of the northern yellow slug just may not fly. The agencies know what’s in demand. Here’s a few “not these topics” that you should avoid submitting.
NOTE: these vary by agency and cruise line, so it’s worth a call to the agent to confirm. Plus, over time the list changes.
Royal Caribbean International does not want: Stress Management, Finance, Writing/Publishing, Tai Chi, Computers, Communications/Relationships, Terrorism, Motivational, Tarot Cards, Animal Cruelty, and Military History.
I’ll cover more in another blog. Tune in to see more.
Good Read => Source for speaking topics
You only get one chance to make a good impression. When you speak on a ship, the advice is to look better than the guests. YOU represent the line. The passengers think you are part of the staff. You need to look the part of a subject matter expert. The audience needs to be engaged in your content, not on your college logo necktie. Pick subdued colors. Nothing flashy; leave that to the Hollywood celebrities. For men, one dark suit jacket and 3 ties will suffice for 2 weeks. Bring a pair of different color pants to get more mileage out of your clothes. You should have a complete suit that you can wear to after hour gatherings. Guests dress up for many evening events. If you are dining with them you should look sharp.
While you are bounding about the ship, I suggest nice shorts, white tennis shoes and white socks. Wear a polo shirt and you’ll be styling. Don’t wear cut offs, flip flops or otherwise look ratty.
The ship will have a laundry service. I use the dry cleaning for my suit. The white shirts come back snappy. You may also consider a small shoeshine kit. When you are up on stage, the audience can easily see if you just romped through a dirt pile. Look spiffy. You will get compliments – especially from the ladies.
Be prepared for inclement weather. Many ships provide umbrellas for guests, but don’t count on it. Toss in a small one, as well as a waterproof jacket. I find one the hardest things is packing when it’s 70 degrees at home. On a recent cruise from Montreal to New York City, the best thing I packed was a down parka. It was VERY cold on the St Lawrence seaway.