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ByRick Deutsch

Speakers – get your name out into the industry: Meeting Planners

Storytelling on Cruise Ships

Storytelling on Cruise Ships

After you develop your talks, the hard part is getting someone to pay you. It’s true missionary work. Marketing is key. In our world, this ties in strongly with Sales.  The business school adage is “Marketing drives sales.”

But how to get your name out?  Well, contact as many associations, companies, and groups that you can and solicit your services. OR try meeting planners. These are the folks will post your credentials to their website that is read by people that want to hire speakers.

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To cut to the chase:  Get your profile loaded on their sites. The most efficient way I’ve found is to contact eSpeakers. Engage with them – your capabilities will be posted to these meeting planner sites.  Cover your bases, give it a try.

Business Speakers Bureau
Event Tech Guide
Geniecast
Inspiring Speakers
Manzella Trade Communications
Marketing and Networking University
Meeting Professionals International
Motivational Press
My Pharmacist Now
Prestigious Speakers Bureau
ProBookings.com
Smart Meetings
SpeechFinders, Inc.
SPiN:Senior Planners Industry Network
The Keynote Shop
The Women’s Information Network

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ByRick Deutsch

What does an Enrichment Speaker do on a Cruise Ship?

First, an update on what’s going on in Venice. To try and reduce the number of people entering “downtown” Venice, the Mayor put up turnstiles. The locals tore them down – they do not want to be sectored in. The tourist crush is out of control READ more.

Venice entry

Turnstiles – what’s next, badges or arm tattoos?

The purpose of enrichment speakers is to enhance the cruise experience for the passengers, whether it’s highlighting a specific region or providing informative material of a more specific topic like forensics or oceanography.

As an enrichment speaker you will provide a series of talks related to your area of expertise. Each talk should be approximately 45 minutes duration, including 5-10 minutes Q&A post-talk. You should expect to speak on every sea day and possibly on long port days or overnights.

Storytelling on Cruise Ships

Storytelling on Cruise Ships

In exchange for your ‘work’ on board you will be provided  double-occupancy cruise ship accommodations (one stateroom to share with one person) and other various amenities and discounts not available to regular passengers. To facilitate this experience for you, agencies charge an administrative fee that varies by cruise brand, but ranges from $50-$100 per night. This fee includes your on board stateroom, port charges, all meals on board in the main dining room and you can bring a guest to travel with you for no additional charge.

Talks must be PowerPoint driven and  FUN.  Nothing soft – but interesting. YOU are the expert and need to deliver the goods. We can show you how. Read through the website and give us a shout.

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Two lessons I learned while on a recent cruise as a speaker.

1: Bring a small flashlight up to the podium. We talked about this in a blog eons ago. Reread my discussion of the Emergency (aka Pearl Harbor) Kit.  As I was setting up my laptop and other stuff, it was really dark up there except for a bright light on me. I could not see inside the shelves where the ship had its power strip. I fumbled around until the tech came in and plugged me in.

Then I could not even see the keys on the laptop.  My screen put a shadow on the keyboard so I could not see my function keys.  I guessed where the PowerPoint SLIDE SHOW pull-down was. I had to move way back to get some light on it. I could not see the slots to put in my slide clicker and power.

I brought my tiny LED light from then on.

2: I did not adhere to the cruise speaker’s RULE #1….get off the stage in 45 minutes.  Ooops.   I had a crowd of about 200 people and was lecturing on Aviation.  A super talk….well, since the CD told me I could go an hour…I did.  I even keep a small analog clock up there. However, the Activity Manager later reamed me out.  It was a bit unfair IMHO since the next speaker had 25-minutes to set up – whereas the guy before me gave me seven minutes.  Sigh.

alarm clock

Put an analog clock on the podium

So, do what I say – not as I do!  Here’s  my post on using a clock. I gave five more talks and got off after 45.

A tip that I  preach is to monitor your clock…with 10 mins to go…recognize if you might go over….then slowly wrap it up – even if you have many slides yet to go. The audience will not know. Plan not to have key points at the end.

So the old dog learned.  Contact us and join the fun. We are seeing dozens of our graduates land gigs  on a variety of ships.  You can too.

 

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