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ByBill Belew

Speak on Cruises | Tips | Plan Your Talk Out Before Making the Presentation

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

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.

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ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – the Debrief

Wrapping up this series on my first experience speaking on a cruise ship the last thing I did was a debrief.

I decided to sit down with my veteran cruise ship speaker friend, Rick Deutsch, and tell him my experience and get his feedback.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

After that, I went back through my slides while the experience was still fresh in my mind and made changes/notes to things I want to do differently next time.

There’s always room for improvement.

There were slides that didn’t work. Places where I could add something or make better choices for images.

In short – the Toyota thing – Kaizen. Always making improving.

I am not sure why I take this so serious. It doesn’t make me any money although I did get some leads, trying as hard as I can to NOT do that.

I guess it has to do with a couple of things.

These folk were on their vacation. Of the many many options they had to spend their time, and on a cruise ship there are a LOT, they chose to spend part of their vacation with me. That’s no small thing. They gave me some of their time. I decided to do my best to give something back, for them to pleased they spent their time with me. I am glad I am did.

Point – if you’re going to do something/anything, you might as well give it your best. So, I did.

ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – Contacting My Agent – Last Things Last

Continuing on in my log on how to become a cruise ship speaker.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

The last thing I thought to do to formally wrap up my cruise ship speaking experience was to contact my agent to let him know how things went.

I emailed him, thanking him for his part in setting it up, making it happen. I also wanted to let him know how his efforts all turned out.

He took a chance sending me to a ship to talk Social Media. No ship had ever offered that topic before. I wanted him to know that his risk paid off.

I also thought to email off a brief account of how my Social Media talks were received to several of the other agents who represent me to various cruise lines and are pitching me to their cruise lines.

That being done, I have one last thing to do before I can call this cruise ship speaking experience done.

I will write about that in the following and last post in this series.