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ByRick Deutsch

3-prong outlet adapters are invaluable for professional cruise ship speakers | Pearl Harbor Kit

In this series, we will be giving speakers some very valuable tips on products that you really need to get. I call it a “Pearl Harbor Kit.” I made that up, because we all know that the USA was caught unprepared for the Japanese Bombing on December 7, 1941. Not me. I want to be prepared for my talks with everything I need to be successful on ANY speaking assignment.

I put these things into a small zip-lock plastic bag. It is always in my computer case.

First up is a three prong outlet converter. As you can see in this photo, it changes a single outlet into three.

Professional Cruise ship Speakers need a 1-to-3 adapter.

Professional Cruise ship Speakers need a 1-to-3 adapter.

This is a nice unit that I bought. VERY handy.

Click to get yours => 3-Grounded Outlet Adapter

So what do you care? All you need is one plug. OK, did you ever go to a Starbucks, McDonald’s or other free wi-fi site and find that all the outlets were taken? Pull out your 1-to-3 splitter and you get 110v electricity and save your battery! Put this into YOUR Pearl Harbor Kit.

More items in future blogs.

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ByBill Belew

Special Interest Cruise Ship Speakers Needed in Singapore and Hong Kong | Tai Chi Anyone?

Do you know Tai-chi?

One of the agents I deal with is asking for a special interest cruise ship speaker to cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore and back.

The special interest? Tai Chi.

Do you know Tai-chi? Can you teach others?

We have helped others and we can help you get this gig and others like it.


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ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve listening skills

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

At a recent meeting of National Speaker Association members, professional speakers and wannabes we had a brainstorming session with the aim of coming up with a list of qualities that are desirable for the cruise ship speaker and others who find themselves up on the stage.

High on the list was – improve listening skills.

This puzzled me a bit because we are not professional listeners. If I were, I’d have become something that starts with psych — Or a preacher maybe.

But … the professional cruise ship speaker does need to be a good listener. But maybe not in the way that might be first thought.

Related: How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve networking skills

I am a fiddler. I tweak my presentation almost up to the last minute. I also pace, that is walk back and forth, not pace myself and think and rehearse my opening lines right up to the last minute, too.

There is one other thing I do … I go to the sessions that are leading up to mine. I stand around in the hall and I eavesdrop on conversations. I try to get a feel for what people are talking about, looking for, hoping to gain from my or any other session. I want to know what they have been hearing up to the point where I go on stage.

In this sense, I want to be a good listener. I want to be sensitive. Not a few times have I made reference to a talk earlier in the day and even right before my own.

I think this practice brings immediate relevance and context to my presentation.

The more the professional speaker hears what his audience has been hearing right up to the moment s/he goes on stage, the better the presentation.

Try it and let me know how it works for you.

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