2 Big Steps to Getting On Board as a Cruise Ship Lecturer

ByBill Belew

2 Big Steps to Getting On Board as a Cruise Ship Lecturer

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Provided you have an expertise, can talk and can put together a good presentation there are still 2 big steps to getting on board as a cruise ship lecturer.

The 2 biggest steps are:
1. to be accepted by an agency to represent you to the various cruise lines.
2. to be accepted by a cruise line – the agent makes the pitch on your behalf.
In order to be accepted by an agent you need:
1. Titles and brief descriptions of 4-5 talks (depends on the agency) on topics they are looking for. Each agency looks for expertise in different areas. We have a list from the various agencies of who is looking for and who does NOT want what.
2. Links to actual presentations you have given … the best way to do this is to make a recording of you in front of a live audience and put it on YouTube.
3. A detailed resume establishing your credibility – work experience, books written, radio appearances, online visibility, testimonials. I have found the best way to do this is to create a website. I can do this for you or walk you through it.
4. To pass the interview with the agency – done by phone and lasts for 1-1.5 hours. Quite thorough.
SoC has been through all this successfully and can introduce you and make a recommendation to our agents provide you have the above.
In order to be accepted by a cruise line the agent must satisfy the cruise line’s request for:
2. Special interest destination speakers – history of the destination, famous people, etc.
3. Naturalists – this is a tree and so on.
4. Special Interest – where you fall in. Something that might be appealing to the cruising demographic.
The ultimate decision is made by the Cruise Director. You know, the guy who runs everything on board.
Rick has been speaking on ships for 7 years. He is also the one who twisted my arm to get me, Bill, to apply. He walked me through the whole process and now I consider myself a veteran.  He didn’t teach me my expertise or how to speak or how to establish my credibility and such … just the application process and specifically what pleases agencies and cruise directors. It worked.
Many people ask us, “How do you get these speaking gigs?”
That’s why we created this website … www.speakoncruises.com .
I can create a website for you. It is what I do in my ‘other’ life. It is not super costly or complex. Something along the lines of www.speakoncruises.com .
And while I am doing that, you work with Rick to hone your topic. He has more experience at this point in dealing with the different lines.  I will help with the titles and descriptions.
Rick is a member of the National Speakers Association. He will go through speaking tips, powerpoint creation, and so on with you as well. This can all be done by webinar.
Or if it fits your schedule … we could meet you here in NorCal and do all of this in one pretty long day. Including making the Youtube video … effectively putting all of your tools together.
Once this is done, Rick and I will individually email our respective agents and give them a heads up that your application is on its way.
You fill out the applications and we wait.
Are you ready to start?
Contact us. You know you want to.
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About the Author

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

    2 Comments so far

    Jamie HayesPosted on  7:12 am - Jul 20, 2017

    By profession, I am an free lance opera/musical director (married to the opera singer, Jean Rigby) and have spect many years working around the world on new opera productions, and closer to home I have been involved with West End shows, including working with Cameron Mackintosh when Associate Director on the original production of Miss Saigon. I am 57 years old.

    I have been a member of the Garrick Club in London since 2001 and since 2011 have been been given the honour of interviewing our most illustrious guests to invited audiences. These have been excitingly varied (and I apologise in advance if this feels like name dropping!) and have included Sir Michael Parkinson, Roy Hudd, Sir Tom Courtenay, Russ Abbott, Sir Brian Rix, Nicholas Parsons, Robert Lindsay, Ken Stott, Roy Strong, Timothy West, Melvyn Bragg, Stephen Fry, Nigel Havers, Robert Powell and Brough Scott. If it of interest I have CD recordings from this year with those of Robert Powell, Sir Johnathan Bate (specialist Shakespeare scholar) and Brough Scott; which I would be more than happy to pass on to you. My next interview at the Club will be on 8th November 2017 with our distinguished playwright Sir David Hare.

    The major purpose of writing is to offer myself as a candidate with you as a Cruise Lecturer. My specialised passion and interests could cover (generically) The History of the Drama the Musical and the Opera.

    Topics could include:

    The History of Opera
    Mozart: A Journey through his Operas
    The Life, Times and Works of William Shakespeare
    A Celebration of the Broadway Musical
    Rodgers and Hammerstein; a Celebration
    Gilbert & Sullivan: Their Topsy Turvey World
    The Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere
    The World of West End Theatre; Curtain Up to Curtain Down
    From Hair to Hamilton : The Story of the West End Musical
    Staging of a West End Musical; Miss Saigon
    Actors and Actresses of the English Stage ; a Celebration
    The Garrick Club: A Fascinating History

    I feel confident to say I could make these lectures highly entertaining, innovative and theatrical; illustrated and employing musical items.

    I would be delighted to meet you; and would be most grateful to be given the opportunity to do so.

    I very much look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully,

    Jamie Hayes

    Based in UK. Home tel: 01908 474799. Mobile: 07795 206112

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