Tips

ByRick Deutsch

Five ways to ensure you get invited back to speak on a cruise ship

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Look like professional speaker

Speaking on world class cruise ships is a good gig.  Not everyone has the ability to do it. You need to know more about your topic than most other people. You can’t just read a book and claim to have credentials.

At SpeakOnCruises, we can help you with the imposing task of getting selected. Since you found us, we trust you have been through the website and read the blogs. We hold nothing back. OK, enough of the sales job.

Tips on getting your speaker-breathing technique

Once you are a bona-fide speaker with an assignment, here are five ways you can get follow up assignments. You need to impress you agent with your professionalism and out-right ability. On most ships, you will get rated by all passengers. I think this is very unfair. On a ship with 2,000+ guests, they ALL will rate you (along with the matre’d, housekeeper, waiter, the ventriloquist and the other functions. Seems like only people who heard you should “vote.” You better get an 8 out of 10 or your feedback from the ship to the agency will not be stellar. And surprise, even though the Cruise Director never heard you talk, he (I’ve never heard of a she CD), will give his comments about you to the home office Entertainment Dept.

Get your pencil out:

  1. Dress like you are a professional. You only get one chance to make a first impression. People will assume you are worthy of their time. Many will like you if you look sharp….like me:>)
  1. Be confident – KNOW your subject matter. Do not stumble looking for the words. Do not rely on notes. None. Own your subject and own the stage. You are a celebrity. Oprah knows her stuff. Be a celebrity. The guests will think you are.
  1. Have high quality images to support your talk. I ONLY use images. They are essential. Let the audience LOOK at pictures. They do not want a college class – B O R I N G. Bullets – NO! Ever hear of “Death by PowerPoint?” – That doesn’t actually mean Microsoft {PowerPoint. I like it and most ships require that you use some presentation software. PowerPoint is the grand daddy of them all.
  1. Talk slowly and clearly. Pause. No odd acronyms. Develop your talk was if you are giving it to your grandmother. That just might be the age of your audience. KISS – Keep it simple, stupid!
  1. Wrap up your talk on a high note. There needs to be a “punch line” that wraps up your talk….you know – a “take away.” Get off the stage in the time assigned. That seems to be more important than you r actual talk. You don’t want to keep your audience from bingo or their next activity. AND whoever follows you in the room will bark to the CD if you run over into their time.

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ByRick Deutsch

When cruise staff mingles with passengers it’s good for business

When you are a lecturer on a cruise ship, the job is more than just talking for your assigned 45 minutes then heading to the pool.  You will be thought of as a ship employee – you are not, but most people have no idea.  You often wear a namebadge and you dress nice.

Remember this as you take an assignment. The cruise line wants to put their best image out on display. Always defer to passengers.  If there is a line, let them go ahead. an exception is for meals. You’d never get in if you stepped back.

Next, after you give your award-worthy talk, hang around….but outside the venue. Many of those folks want to head out to their next activity. AND the room might be needed for something else. That leaves 15 minutes for each of those things to happen.  DO NOT “give more” by talking extra. You will get to walk the plank!

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Meet with guests after your talk.

If, after your talk, you have time and the coast is clear for extra facetime, hang around and meet your audience. Many will be enthralled with your subject and want a piece of you. You’ll get some good questions…and, sorry some dumb ones.

Often, some will tell you that you did not cover their favorite topic in your talk.  Yes, it happens. I tell them – you are right — that’s a great subject, but I;m only given 45 minutes and cannot cover everything.

READ:  Is the cruise ship speaking future secure?

By mingling with guests you will develop a small groupie following which is good for your success on board.

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Back up your computer and be careful | Make 2 copies!

Back up your data

Back up your data

We all know we should back up our data. Got it. So for a couple years I have been using a one-terabyte hard drive to copy al my files off my laptop.

I do not trust the “cloud.”  Call me a luddite, but I don’t want all my private information up floating around  in the ether waiting for a Ruskie to snag.  Not that I’m that important, but privacy is a major concern.  Big Brother is here folks – read the book – watch the DVD if you don’t know that means.

It usually takes overnight for a couple nights to do a backup of 400 GB of date. So last week, I was copy-pasting my files over….I got all the folders I had on the desktop of appear both places, but wham, when I looked at the waste can – if was full of stuff.   I wasn’t sure if I put all that in there as I had been “cleaning house.”  So Iet them stay.

READ: MORE ON BACKUPS

When I went back to my main disk…most folders were there by name…but empty!   Huh?  Then I looked at he backup disk – EMPTY.   I opened the trashcan and there was only about 10 files, when there had been hundreds minuters before.  YIKES.

All was gone. Only the folders on the desktop remained.  The folders had their correct names, but NO content.   Nice. I am really hosed, ALL of my pictures, talks, letters, business Excel files – EVERYTHING COULD BE GONE. I am like a  fresh high school graduate without any history.

I took the laptop and the backup drive to Click Way, a local computer house.  After letting them try to restore my stuff, they told me that had gotten about 70% of the files back. It’s been one week now. I have taxes due to CA by the end off the month, so I need that data.

Let’s hope this has a happy ending.  My advice is to set the disk to auto-backup.  Use the cloud if you like…but don’t assume all your data will always be safe.

Anything like this happen to you?

 
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