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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.

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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.

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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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Passport concerns when travelng

When you are in the process of being accepted to speak on a ship, you will get inundated with forms to fill in.   One thing the ship needs to know in advance is your passport info.  I personally consider this info that bad guys want, so I either call it to them or make sure they have a site that is https for security.

You are required to have 6 months left on your term. AND you need to have 4 blank pages. If you fall short on either of these, get a new one NOW.  All Post Offices have the forms. This can take a month or so…don’t delay. No passport – no trip. Ditto for your guest.

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Having a passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss your scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if you need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency. Always register with the state department in case of bad times.  Go to the State website and check out any advisories for the countries.

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A buddy had to get out of Kenya quickly due to an uprising a couple years ago. It’s easy for the govt to come to your rescue if they can find you. Email alerts work.

The ship will collect your passport upon boarding. They store them to make sure they are available to local authorities. This helps them get clearance when the ship arrives in a port. In a few cases they will give it to you before you go out on a tour….depending on the country.

A tip:   Xerox (er, copy) everything in your wallet and your passport ID page.  Make three copies….one in your suitcase, one on you and one for your contact at home.  It is also a good idea to make a copy to keep for yourself at home. Some advise bringing one passport size photo in case the Embassy needs to make you a new one. Your call on that one.

Your name on your passport must be the same as on your on your cruise documents, boarding passes and such. My last cruise was almost a stopper. When I went to check in – they had an “A” in my name that doesn’t exist. All my other docs and passport were current. “Are you sure that your name is misspelled?”   Duh.

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