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ByRick Deutsch

National Speakers Association (NSA) offers help to budding speakers

The National Speakers Association is the industry organization for professional speakers.  NSA has many chapters.  The San Francisco group meets monthly near SFO.   If you are in this area, you may consider attending. You can be a guest until you secure the required number of “paid” assignments.  Then you can be eligible for both national and local membership.

The Northern California chapter will be offering several “help” events in the near future.

Oct 19, 6:30-8:30 pm Convert More Prospects Into Clients with a Proven Follow-Up Success System.
Oakland, CA near Lake Merritt TBA

 

Nov 4, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Marketing Espionage: How to Spy on Yourself, Your Prospects & Your Competitors to Dominate Online
Lafayette Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

 

Speakers Academy Event

November 18,  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mining the Treasure Trove of Your Experiences to Uncover Content Others Will Pay to Hear
Lafayette Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

Contact NSANC to find out more.

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Don’t make a monkey of yourself – get speaking training.

We endorse the NSA and enjoyed our membership.  If you are out of the area, use the search engines to find an organization near you. There is a lot of cache by being a member. Many earn nice incomes only speaking.  You will meet and learn from experienced professional speakers. NOT wanna-be’s.

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Contact us to learn about our own public speaking coaching program. We are full until January, but sign up now to guarantee a slot. This is a 1-1 program – in person if local or internet if remote.   From the SF Bay area to Sydney, we will help you. Our goal is to get you booked on free cruises for two by lecturing.

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ByRick Deutsch

Want cheap airfare to your next cruise speaking gig?

Most assignments to lecture on ships do not include airfare. Some do, but most have you get there on your own.

Take notes on this one.

Work with your agent on this tip. Inquire about “marine rates.”  Crews get decent discounts for travel to/from their ships. Think about it. There are thousands of cruises that go out annually. The parent Cruise Line books a heck of a lot of passengers AND crew on airlines.

They get discounts. If they concur, have your cruise line book your travel and request marine rates. Don’t pester your agency – they have enough to do – but it’s a legitimate request.

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Also, ask about getting transfers through them. This is critical. If you try to get from the air terminal to the berth – you are at risk of not getting there. New cabbies may not know where to go. Buses can take forever. If you miss the departure – YOU need to get to the next port on your own. Ugh.

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Don’t miss the boat!

If you are under the cruise line’s umbrella, you will be met after Customs with a name sign.   SMITH  Whew what a relief after a LONNG flight. They will guide you to your luggage – even get it and move it to a bus for you. If that bus is late – it’s on the ship to pay for get you to your ship.

Keep the port contact info handy in case you do have travel problems. Tell them your situation and they will sort it out. They often have work-arounds. BUT they will not hold a ship full of 2,000+++ guests just for you.

We share these kind of tips on this blog Take our class; be a par of this fun industry. . See the HIREUS page for the process.  You can’t get any more help for $300.  Really.  Get off your duff and make the move.

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Evolution of Cruise ship power plants means lower emissions.

The focus over the last couple decades has been on the “carbon footprint” of the hundreds of cruise ships out on the oceans. This has led major cruise lines to focus more on what “comes out the tailpipe.”

Advances in the generation of needed energy at sea are now rolling out. A quick history. The days of the “tall” ships are long gone. The first cross-Atlantic ships were not used to haul people on vacations. They were mail delivery vehicles. The exploding migration to America drove folks to communicate via letters well before the age of the telegraph and radio. British ships were dubbed “RMS” – meaning Royal Mail Ship.

Soon, coal fired steam engines made for quicker mail delivery. The generated steam would expand and turn large cylinders or turbines that led to the propellers at the back. Occasionally, a person or two could take passage for a fee. The idea caught on. An industry was born.  In the early days, the routing was primarily England to New York City.  The Titanic was doing just that when she went down. Long distance boats rides soon caught on and the demand for overseas transportation rose.

Today, over 25 Million passengers enjoy cruising. Most ships are powered via petroleum products. These tend to dump tons of waste into the air (and a lot settles into the ocean). To help the environment, low sulphur fuels and electric propulsion are trending. Nearly $7B is being spent on new ships.

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Cruise ship pollution

Regulators are now watching smokestack emissions. The European and North American Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) encourage low sulphur fuels. Their reach will soon cover international operations. A major issue for ships is the short life of catalytic components. Estimates of replacement of whole units is about a million USD – labor included.

Although not an Elon Musk (Tesla) idea, we are seeing most newer ships outfitted with electric propulsion. 20 million watts generated is not uncommon. This provides a quieter ride with less vibration.  If you’ve ever roomed at the rear (aft) of the ship, you can feel the engines groaning away.

How about hydrogean power?  That means the most abundant element in the universe is used to generate power and the only waste is water. Norway will develop the world’s first hydrogenpowered cruise ship. Viking Cruises is aiming at zero-emission technology.

I don’t want to forget to remind you that SpeakOnCruises can teach you how to get free cruises for two by giving lectures. Our rates are going up – Save $100 by booking before Oct 15, 2017. See HIREUS.

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