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ByRick Deutsch

3 things you must add to your cruising checklist

You DO have a checklist – don’t you?

I have found three things that really should be on your checklist when planning a cruise. I learned the hard way.

If you wear contact lenses…bring a spare pair. I got an eyelash on my right one and it felt like sandpaper. Somehow it was under the lens and would not move when I teared up. Pain. The only option was to pull it out. Do not put them in your mouth to wet them. A gaggle of bacteria will end up in your eye with really bad consequences. The same reason you don’t soak them in water – use the cleaning fluid.

I didn’t have any of that so I had to toss it. l had a spare, so I completed the trip with one eye. I’m pretty myopic so I had to limp and squint. My good eye got me home.

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Your meds. I didn’t count correctly prior to a two week trip and was a day short. I have to take a cluster of meds after some aorta surgery: aspirin, blood pressure, ACE inhibitor, beta blocker, yada yada. Well, since these must be taken every day….I cut some of them in half and went with half dosage. Not good. I felt the effects.

Spot remover. I often drop pasta sauce on my shirt. I can try to cover it with my necktie, but feel like a 5 -year old. Tide makes postage sized stain removers. I now put a few in my kit.

So keep your checklist up to date. If you don’t have one – think about it.

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Don’t walk around with stains on your shirt

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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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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.

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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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