Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said the Speaking is man’s worst fear – #2 is dying. ..so if you are giving a funeral eulogy, you are safer to be in the casket.
Humorous, but not too far off the mark. In my family growing up, with 5 kids, if you didn’t jump into a conversation and LOUDLY, you got passed over. Now all of my siblings can command an audience in public. Our sense of humor is another asset. Keep your talks light and fun for the audience.
If you are a newbie to the circuit – take classes in public speaking. ANYTHING can be learned. Besides formal classes, I endorse Toastmasters as a great way to get over your fears. another service that I can personally recommend is the Dale Carnegie Program. Both are super.
The other way to build skill is to rehearse your talk. Time it. Video yourself and have a honest third party give you comments. Relatives and close friends may be too “nice” to you and not give you what you need. Audio record you talk and listen to it in the car while driving. The idea here is to know your material and not have to stop and think what comes next.
Twitter-Like Sound Bites Make for a Great Cruise Ship Presentation
It never occurred to me how useful Twitter could be when giving a presentation to a cruise ship audience or any other group for that matter.
I spoke to a group of bloggers in Las Vegas earlier this year. There were some 200+ people in a room with seats for about 140. People were on the floor, along the wall, sitting in the aisle. It’s fun to have a group of really engaged people. It got my juices going.
What I didn’t realize at the time, however, was how many of them were looking at their smartphones or had their PCs opened up to their twitter accounts. In truth, Twitter just wasn’t something I did all that much.
A week or so later, bored or in a lull between writing or speaking I took a look at my Twitter account. Surprise!
There were a LOT of tweets that mentioned me. Holy cow.
@billbelew_com says “Blah, blah, blah …” again and again and again.
There were a lot of tweets where the listeners had grabbed something I said and stuck it into a tweet.
My point – Say memorable things in 140 characters (not words) or less. 140 characters is, of course, the limit to a Tweet.
Say what you want to say, but keep your statements short that you want people to remember.
It won’t happen on a cruise ship, but something you say just might show up in somebody’s Twitter feed. And you will also have a better presentation.
Speak on Cruises | Tips | Plan Your Talk Out Before Making the Presentation
I went to Bible College. While there we studied sermon writing – you know, where the preacher stands up on Sunday mornings and does his level best to keep people engaged for 20, 30, even 45 minutes.
Some preachers are pretty good. A lot of them are well, um … yawners.
Lots of preachers think they have to make 3 or 4 good points to send their listeners home with something to think about.
Some preachers look around for a good story to tell and once they find that, they build their sermon around it.
Still others just ramble. Simple as that.
The point – to be an effective speaker on a cruise ship or otherwise, you need to have a plan. A theme. A focus. A clear direction in mind from the get go.
Only then can you go about putting together an effective presentation.
You don’t want to be guilty of finding a good picture, image or video, then find yourself thinking ‘how can I fit this in?’
Rather, you want to have a good point and go looking for something to drive that point home.
The point comes first. The support is gathered. Not the other way around.
Plan your talk and build your presentation around it. Don’t go looking for parts of a presentation and hope you can build a talk to go with it.
The writer of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs calls it Planning in Analog.