Whether or not you intend to be a speaker on cruise ships (free travel for 2), every good speaker should have a zip lock bag with his or hers back up tools. At the top of the list is a flash drive. #1 reason: What do you do if your laptop dies? Most ships will not provide you a techie guru to bring it back up. You may be on your own.
Luckily, other speakers or even passengers will have a PC you can borrow for an hour. If your talk is on a flash drive as well as you internal memory, you will save much embarrassment by plugging it in and off you go.
While speaking on a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) trip years ago, I witnessed a featured speaker melt down in front of 200 guests. His machine died and he had to go extemporaneous. This is no problem if you are the expert and know your material. He didn’t. Bad.
Invest in a quality product. I use nothing but PNY flash drives. As your PowerPoints get clogged with high rez photos, you should have a 16 GB unit. This allows you to store many talks if asked to give more than your contracted amount. PNY is a huge memory company located in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. Notice I did not say Asia. American Quality. If you get your flash drives at a local outlet, they are guaranteed for as long as it takes you to get to your car. PNY offers a 1-year warranty.
Final Point – keep them away from magnets…like your name badge.
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Today we talk dollars and cents. You REALLY want to be a professional speaker? You won’t get paid a nickle to be a featured speaker on a cruise ship like Celebrity, but you’ll get a FREE cruise for two. That can be worth thousands. I advise that you should use these gigs to hone your skills.
To be a professional baseball player, a pro dancer, a pro singer – you have to work your butt off. But are rewards worth it – financially? I have a cousin who signed a baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers. He got $150K for that. Just signing. He wanted this since he was a kid. His quest includes getting hit in the face by a line drive and losing 7 teeth. Did he roll over? No.
A year later he had to get “Tommy Johns” surgery where they move a tendon from your leg and put it into your pitching arm to reinforce things. Did he roll over? No. He loved what he was doing. He just bought a new Dodge Challenger. Doing what he loved and getting paid for it.
If you really want to be a speaker, the $$ rewards are there. If you don’t love public speaking – get out now. It’s NOT for everyone. Ups and downs…travel…people who just want to TAKE from you. I just read that Hillary Clinton was paid $450,000 to speak at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Global Financial Leadership Conference. Yikes. I’m never going to get that, but I do earn enough to pay for my scuba trips. And I’m having fun.
As a professional speaker, I have a zip-lock lock bag with all the essentials I need to be well prepared for almost any contingency. I call it a “Pearl Harbor” kit.
Today I want to share my experience with ear plugs. I find them EXTREMELY useful when using public wifi sites. Coffee shops, hamburger shacks and muffin shops are all offering wifi to draw you in. The problem is that they are very noisy. Customers are yelling, kids are screaming and other “hackers” are wheeling and dealing. Many have loud music playing (I think to drive people out after being served.) I jam my earplugs in so far they actually touch! :>) There are many on the market. Here’s a shot of my collection
The best I have found are call “Hearos Earplugs High Fidelity Series.” They are shaped like little Christmas trees, with the decreasing smaller cones.
The small end goes into your ear canal. They block up to 20 decibels of sound. They are washable and seem to last years. I do not like the kind that feel like putty. I also don;t use the foam ones. These are all one-time use only and never seal all the noise. Also perfect for use on airplanes. if you trim down the “shaft” you can even sleep in them. I do – it’s like being in an immersion tank.
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