Strong- and long-winded are both killers on board a cruise ship | Going overboard

ByBill Belew

Strong- and long-winded are both killers on board a cruise ship | Going overboard

Ride the wild surf!

Stong and Long Winds Kill

A freak wave whipped up over the English channel by a strong wind took the life of an 85-year old cruiser. Not cool for sure.

It reminded me, however, that a strong wind is not the only killer on a cruise ship.

A long-winded cruise ship speaker can produce disastrous results as well.

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On a courtesy phone call with one of my agents among the many other things she thought to remind me of – the way she does everybody, not just me – was the need to be sensitive to the time.

Cruise lines have very full schedules. It is critical to finish on time so that the next person or activity in your venue can move in and set up on time.

Not only might the next activity need to set up, your listeners may also have someplace else they want to go.

There’s another reason.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest writers of all time, said,

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

Speakers should never feel compelled to fill up time. Rather, there should be so much that wants to be said, that paring back is the norm.

Listeners should NEVER have to feel that the time is being passed with words. Rather, they should feel that the time has passed so quickly.

The first scenario is being long-winded.

Make sure you have so much good stuff to say that time is your enemy because there is not enough of it rather than too much of it.

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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of

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