15 Skills a Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs to Work an Audience | Accepting a Gig

ByBill Belew

15 Skills a Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs to Work an Audience | Accepting a Gig

Speakers Say Yes

Speakers Say Yes

Cruise ship lecturers need skills when it comes to working an audience.

I am not a natural networker, schmoozer. It doesn’t come easy to me to interact with people, smile, show inquisitiveness, feign interest. I have to work at it.

It occurred to me that others might be uncomfortable once they step out from ‘behind the podium’ literally and figuratively.

In the coming days/weeks I will share some of the skills that are needed and how to develop them.

The first skill is to know when to accept a speaking gig.

If all speakers were as busy as they say they are, chances are nobody would have time to do anything new.

Related: 2 Lies Speakers Tell

My son was a swimmer in high-school and college. Every now and then he was asked to do a time-trial, or a swim-off. Early on I saw him wonder, “Should I swim in this or that event?”

I told him, “Dude, you are a swimmer. If you are asked to swim, the answer is ‘yes.'”

He never agonized again.

Indeed he could not swim in every event on the schedule. But as long as he was honest with himself he could grab every opportunity that came his way.

The same for speakers, if you are asked to speak, the answer is ‘yes.’ Don’t pretend to be too busy or too good or too above or below a gig.

Knowing when to say ‘yes’ is important. If you don’t speak you are not a speaker. You’re a sitter or a listener.

I went to Phoenix not long ago as a service = I footed the bill for myself. Before I left I got invited to speak in North Carolina, San Francisco and Cape Town.

Doors open when you get on stage.

Say, ‘Yes’ more often than not and watch opportunities come your way.

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Bill Belew administrator

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 SpeakOnCruises.com

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