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ByRick Deutsch

Speakers – a tip to keep your talk successful when all fails.

On a recent cruise I was set up to give five enrichment talks. Oh, I sail for free by giving these kind of Enrichment talks. Today was “Aviation.”

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Speaking on a cruise ship to Alaska

When I got backstage, the speaker before me was going way over his 45 minutes. So he left me with only 5 to set up – not the 15 we are supposed to get.

Well, the “house” system would not let my video and audio both run together. It got my PowerPoints OK, but short video clips either did not play or the sound track was quiet. Not good. In the few remaining moments before the 400 person audience would be restless and walk out….the staff pulled up their laptop and I put my USB backup in. It has my entire file on the talk.

If you only have the actual PowerPoint, you will not be able to access your videos! Well, it all worked fine on their PC. Odd.  I use Office 2003 – they were current – so maybe they are not 100% compatible. Way to go Microsoft!

The show went on and I got good reviews….but underneath I was upset at the previous speaker for cutting hard into my time. I later met with the techies and after playing with various  cables (this ship only uses VGA – not HDMI ) to no avail, they think that the “dual monitor” setting on mine has to be manually set.  All this despite everything working on other ships.

Take away:  PUT YOUR TALKS ON A USB BACKUP.

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ByRick Deutsch

Who is the best company to help me get a job speaking on cruise ships?

SpeakOnCruises is the only firm that is neither a booking agency nor part of a cruise line. There are no hidden agendas. The founders are both veterans – the US Navy and Air Force respectively. Both served in the Cold War: the one we won!

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With over a decade of combined experience (and nearly 40 cruises under our belts), the team has figured out the process to get a free cruise for two by speaking. If you can provide “InfoTainment” to generally older, retired people on vacation, the lines will love you. You should also note that a younger demographic is beginning to sail, so don’t dwell on yesteryear.  Many will not know what the Cold War was, who Jacques Cousteau was, nor even Lucille Ball. Tailor your talk to your audience.

Our fee covers a 2-hour seminar where we teach – you do. These are in-person in the SF Bay area…or via Skype if you are elsewhere….with some hand-holding along the way. We “open the kimono.” Here I go assuming you know what that means. It means we hide nothing. No teasers to buy a book, or pay us more.

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We don’t guarantee that you will get a cruise – that is up to your ability, the topics you select and your presence as a public speaker. But we will do our part to make you pretty for the agencies and the lines.

Give us a shout. We’ll explain things further that might help.

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ByRick Deutsch

This is one tool that speakers should not be without: A green laser pointer

When in front of a large audience, the polished speaker will need to point to things on the screen. Please don’t use the wimpy red laser that comes with the slide clicker. They are just too dim. Plus, they get lost when showing bright color images.

I am a major proponent of GREEN lasers. I get mine from China in about a week.  I never see them in the USA.  They are as low as one for $5.50 with free shipping. Really.

Order a couple from a company called Best Laser Pointers. Gee, they must be good with a name like that.

green laser pointer

A 6-inch green laser pointer will enhance your talks

I suggest you get two.  Have one as a spare – two for $10.00.  I have three of them. I always bring two up to the podium in case there is an issue.  FRESH batteries are a must as I found they can only last for three 1-hour presentations, depending on use. But boy, are they bright. They take two AAA batteries. I use Alkaline.   I take the batteries out for travel as I’ve had the ON switch activate and kill my batteries.

It will almost burn a hole in the screen (kidding). These are the kind that idiots point at airplanes…but we are all adults here.  They are six inches long and only 5 milliwatts, so they are safe. Also fun to play with cats.

We promote them to our students. We get nothing out this – but feel it’s a tip that most speakers don’t know about. Now you do!

We share tips like this on this blog. Page through back topics. Contact us to take your place on the cruise ship podium.  We just became aware of DOZENS of openings all the way into 2020!  So go for it. What can you talk about? What  is your passion? We can help get you ready.

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