I have learned that when I speak on cruise ships, or really anywhere, that it’s not about me. I need to not only keep the audience at the forefront, but I am working for the sponsors or the cruise line. Most ships will tell you to talk for 45 or 60 minutes. I’ve given you some tips before, like bringing a small analog clock. This is an important subject, so I’ll share some m ore thoughts.
I am older than dirt and love the 60’s psycadelic rock.You know the kink you grandpa tols yo about: Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Doors, Janis Joplin. Yes, the 60’s saw the last goo dmusic in America. But I digress. I pulled out an old DCD of mine, “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida,” by Iron Butterfly.
The title song is a hot number: the highlight is the 3 minute drum solo. (The rest of the album stinks.) The song runs exactly 17:00 minutes. Not 17:02, but 17:00 exactly. My CD player confirms this. Although it could have worked out to that time randomly, I think Doug Ingle wrote it that way on purpose to, well, freak us out.
My point (yes there is one) is they ended exactly on time. A speaker needs to do the same. Organizers, Cruise Directors and Event Planners all are driven hard. Make their life easy and finish your talk on time!
Oh by the way, what’s it mean? “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is what “In the Garden of Eden” sounds like after consuming a gallon of cheap red wine.