15 Skills a Professional Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs to Work an Audience | Dumb Things Speakers Say

ByBill Belew

15 Skills a Professional Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs to Work an Audience | Dumb Things Speakers Say

Work Your Audience

Work Your Audience

Speakers, like children, can say the dumbest things.

“I am happy to be here.”

“I am so excited to be here.”

“I am really passionate about this message.”

“I am going to tell you.”

If the speaker is happy it should be plainly evident in the expression on their face, in their mannerisms, in the bounce in their voice.

Excited? More often than not when a speaker starts off with “I am really excited to be here today …” they are NOT trying to convince their listeners of their joy, but are trying to convince themselves.

Passionate? Margaret Thatcher once said that being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, then you aren’t.

Related: More of the 17 Skills

If a speaker is passionate it will come across as intensity, enthusiasm, natural volume, speed (quick or slow) and earnestness in delivery.

Every now and then I hear coaches tell their speaker wannabes, “You need to try to be more genuine.”

Huh? You can’t try to be genuine. You are or aren’t genuine.

When you are working an audience. Be happy. Be excited. Be passionate. And let it show.

Then watch for your audience to respond.


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Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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