A primary requirement to be accepted as a Cruise Ship speaker is the ability to be comfortable in front of large audiences. Programs such as Toastmasters are great to help people be at ease when speaking.
Many candidates for placement on cruise ships have experience from their jobs, military, church, civic groups or associations. the skills needed can be learned – with practice. Rehearsals for any talk are mandatory.
Video capture of rehearsals is a good ways to detect little tics that you may have. By seeing yourself, things like swaying, touch ear and the common “uh, uhs” are easily spotted. Another good idea is to give the talk in front of a live audience. this could be your family, neighbors, gold buddies, etc. make sure they can be candid and don’t only give you praise. They need to note your pacing, diction and technique.
The SpeakOnCruises.com team has over 60-years of experience in the public speaking arena and offer training to help anyone master this art. It’s been said the humans worst fear is speaking in public – the second is dying. Jerry Seinfeld jokes that if you have to give a eulogy, you may be more at ease in the casket!
I’ve been giving destination and enrichment talks on major cruise lines for over 7 years. After leaving my computer marketing career in Silicon Valley, I was able to live my passion – public speaking. Now I can travel with my wife on free cruises anywhere the lines go. We’ve been to Dubai, Luxor, Istanbul, Santorini and the list goes on.
Think you can do it? You’ll need to give four talks on one genre when ships are at sea. Everyone is an expert at something. It can be your work, your hobby or any topic that is fun with a touch of education. Think InfoTainment. People on cruises are on vacation. They do not want to be saturated with talks that make them think too much. If so, you could be an Enrichment Speaker.
Maybe you have lived in foreign cities. Destination Speakers are in high demand. Can you give presentations on the ports that the ship sales to? Tell them the History, culture and tips on things to see.
After learning the process, I developed a method to getting booked. It’s not rocket science, but there are things you need to know how to do. I’m glad you found us and keep visiting us for insider info on speaking on cruise ships.
-Rick Deutsch, San Jose