I have spoken in a lot of different venues.
On a cruise ship there are not that many options.
1. The main theater – seats 800 – 2000 people.
2. The conference room – seats 20-60 classroom style.
3. Anywhere they have open – barroom, ice rink, gym
The conference room appears to be the best bet … at first glance.
I spoke in a bar and packed the place. The ambiance was not so hot but I had a lot of people drop in for a listen and stay around. And the full room gave off a great vibe.
The main theater would be super if it were full. But 8 people in an 800-seat room far removed from the stage where you are up high? Quite awkward. But … right after me came bingo. Lots and lots of people play bingo. And many of them come early to get a good seat = a chance to talk to more people if you can grab their interest.
If you can’t grab their interest the main theater lends itself to a lot of distractions. So … be good.
I grabbed the attention of 50+ people in line to get good seats for the ice show.
On another occasion I got another 50-80+ who were early for bingo.
The best place to speak on a cruise ship is the place you take the most advantage of. All places have pluses and minuses. Be good and it won’t matter where you are.
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