If you are on a voyage, you will experience the opportunity to take tours in the ports you are landing at. That’s why people go on cruises. Yes, the food is good, the on-board activities keep you busy, the shows are entertaining and the swimming pools are wet. But you go for the tours.
Passengers can pay good money to take local tours. We’re talking anywhere from $25 for a walking tour of an old village, to maybe $125 for a bus to a castle, to thousands for a flight to an archaeological site or glacier. Besides the cost of the ride on the boat, bills for excursions can run near $1,000 per person.
We’ve been on cruises and there is a way to actually get to go on a tour for free. How to do it? Well, first you have to be a lecturer. We’ve been sailing and speaking for nearly ten years. We figured out the game.
We can show you how you could easily save the $1,000 the guy who rooms next door to you pays. Really. Take our class. Become a cruise ship speaker. See the HIREUS page.
Knowledge is good. We want to share and do a Vulcan Mind Meld with you. We open the kimono and don’t hold back.
Just do it!!! You won’t get wet until you jump into the pool.
We are here to help you get speaking assignments on cruise ships. What to do in the meantime? Get a few talks written. Then rehearse in front of your dog. Not just by yourself. When you feel you have it down pat — don’t memorize anything – you should KNOW it and just talk to your dog as if it were a casual conversation.
Next – get a live audience. Service clubs LOVE noon speakers. Contact their programs person. You’ll get real practice and a free rubber chicken lunch!
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Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo
Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan
Epsilon Sigma Alpha International
Imperial Court System
International Order of Alhambra
International Organization of Good Templars (or IOGT – EST. 1776)
Jaycees or Junior Chamber of Commerce
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Pythias
Lions Clubs International
Round Table Club
Sons of Norway
United States Junior Chamber
Woodmen of the World
As a speaker you need to be ready to take L O N G flights to meet up with your ship. It’s easy to kick back and snooze or read a book for the 10 hour flight to Athens.
I suggest you don’t sleep to much (Unless it’s a read-eye) or watch movies that are “airline” bad….well, they ARE on airlines after all. If you can, get an upgrade seat in coach that will let your laptop open wide.
I am writing this on an AeroMexico flight to Chili. Yes, another free cruise.
My first recommendation. Get GMAIL. It is https – very secure to keep those Eastern Europeans out of your knickers. I realize that Google knows everything we’ve ever done…but at some point, you gotta cave. They have so many useful tools that it’s hard to live in a Google-free world.
Gmail has the best spam blocker. If you get a spam email….that link is sent to all other Gmail accounts to block it for them also! They are put in your spam folder waiting your final decision to trash them. I scan them but rarely find one that is a false positive. I know folks with other accounts – well, Yahoo and EarthLink are two – that say they get over 40 bogus emails in their inbox daily.
The other advantage is you can invoke “Gmail off-line.” With this free tool, you can read old emails and reply or send new ones on the plane when you are disconnected. They are cached and blasted out when you are next connected. At that time, your incoming messages are zipped into your off-line “in” box. Neato torpedo. You can disconnect and read/answer at your convenience. This saves a lot of $$$ since you are off line most of the time.
Google Drive and Docs allow you to send huge files (PowerPoints) that don’t crank out bit at a time. I’ve gotten away form Dropbox. It;s more hassle than DRIVE, and easy for the other person to open.
On a cruise ship you may be paying 75-cents a minute for internet. That bites the big one. In our seminar class, we show you how to (maybe) get it way cheaper.