15 Skills a Professional Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs to Work an Audience | Do Outgoing

ByBill Belew

15 Skills a Professional Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs to Work an Audience | Do Outgoing

I am not an outgoing person. It doesn’t come easy to me to just strike up a conversation.

Rick, the other guy here at SpeakOnCruises, no problemo.

I guess I don’t like people I don’t know coming up to me and just doing small talk. Maybe I don’t even like small talk. Not sure.

What I am sure about is that when I am on a cruise ship in guest lecturer capacity I have to be different.

I have to change. I put away my introvert suit and wear my extrovert one.

Work Your Audience

Work Your Audience

I don’t try to be someone I am not. But I do have to work at being something I am not.

When I am on a cruise ship at the invitation of the ship, I am a crew member. I put on my ‘friendly’ hat. It’s work for me, but I work it.

When I am in the room before I go on stage, I look for people, even couples who are standing off to one side, looking shy, feeling out of place and I go to them. I initiate the conversation. I say something first.

I had a student in Japan who was small and timid by nature. One day due to circumstances he had to change that. It was incredible. Yesterday he never said a word. Today he was gregarious, outgoing and became the most effective sales person you’d likely ever meet. Just because he had to.

Related: More of the 17 Skills

There’s more to being a speaker than just speaking. There’s working the audience before, during and after the talk. To do that well, you, me, the speaker has to be a starter in the conversation.


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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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