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ByRick Deutsch

Want to speak to 100,000 people on a mega-ship?

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Currently, the biggest ships in the world are under the Royal Caribbean banner – the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas, Oasis has almost 7,000 passengers, 2,394 Crew,  7 neighborhoods and 25 dining options. Huge, right? That is bigger than most towns in Iowa!!

Well, get ready. How about a ship that is a mile long. That is no typo… ONE mile long.

The Freedom ship.

The Freedom ship.

Plans for the floating platform were recently released. It would hold 100,000 people, with half being permanent residents. Of course, it will have a mall, schools, cinemas, etc. The ship would circle the earth every two years. It will be in ports 70% of the time and at sea the remainder.

So where did this crazy idea come from?  A rich guy named Norman Nixon. After the 2008 financial crisis hit, he gave up. He’s dead now, but his former business partners are looking at doing it. So much for going through the Panama Canal. The locks are 1,000 feet long now; going to 1,800 in 2015. We shall see.

But just think, if you were giving talks, you could live there!!

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ByRick Deutsch

Cruise Ship speakers practice high ethics to ensure they get invited back

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Getting free cruises is a huge benefit to enjoy. How often do you get chance to see Rome, Venice, Barcelona, London…… and for free. If you can speak on 4 topics under one genre…..and are GOOD; you may qualify. You can even take another person for free.  Take your spouse, partner, buddy, aunt – whoever. I took my sister to the Mediterranean. She loved it.

Many passengers AND some of our clients are single and travel alone. There are a lot of single women traveling. Many daughters are treating their mothers on her dream vacation. Widowed men sail to move on with their lives.

Restrain your hormones on cruises

Restrain your hormones on cruises

Onboard, when you are not speaking – you are treated as both a passenger AND part-crew. This means you  need to resist temptation as far as “getting involved” with passengers. Most cruises lines have a “non-fraternization” clause. You are not allowed in a guest room and vice-versa. Violation can result in your being dropped off with your suitcase at the next port.

If you are smitten, an exchange of phone numbers or email is fine. But be cool and ethical.

 

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ByRick Deutsch

Cruise ship speakers: More tools for your Pearl Harbor Kit

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We’ve talked a lot about those little things that a speaker needs to have in a zip lock bag that come in very handy when giving lectures on cruise ships. A Pearl Harbor Kit. Today I want to mention a teeny tiny flashlight.

I was talking on a Princess cruise a few years ago. I had my laser pointer and slide clicker on the podium. When I was introduced and came up from the back of the room, I adjusted the dias…then DONK – the slide clicker fell to the floor. It was pitch dark. I coudl not quickly find it. The audience of 50 had no idea what was going on as I searched the dark floor in vain.  I had no choice but to move on and hand-advance the slides. It worked but it kept me anchored to the podium.

The solution? When I got home I got a decent flashlight. I bought a little one with one AAA battery  just for these kind of emergencies. i am not talking about a huge multi-AA cell model. You want a small one that will fit into your zip-lock.

Flashlights are handy in dark venues

Flashlights are handy in dark venues

Here’s the one I chose. Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED FlashlightThis little guy has neat small caribiner so you can clip it to a belt loop to keep it handy when on stage. For less than $7.00 you get 100,000 hours of use and up to 8 hours of battery life. The flashlight is less than an inch and a half long. Follow the link and take the worry out of life. Easy internet shopping. Be prepared!

Click to get yours => Tiny Flashlight

 

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