5 Key Ingredients of Good Storytelling for the Cruise Ship Speaker

ByBill Belew

5 Key Ingredients of Good Storytelling for the Cruise Ship Speaker

In a previous post I made the point that the cruise ship lecturer needs to be a good storyteller.

People don’t remember facts. They do remember stories. And sometimes they will remember the facts that were a part of the story.

Good storytelling secrey

Good storytelling secret

What are some of the key ingredients that make for a good storytelling?

  1. Characters 

    Your story needs to have characters. There needs a people in your story that your audience can identify with. Your characters need to be someone/s that people sitting there in front of you can root for or against or both. As Twain said, “Don’t tell them the lady screamed. Bring her up on the stage and have her scream for them.” Bring characters in your presentation to life.

  2. Content

    Give your audience the who, what, where, when, why and how of the people, the setting, the venture, the what was and what is and why and how it happened.

  3. Motivations

    Give the audience a glimpse, or dive deep into your characters. Don’t tell them somebody discovered someplace. Tell them who the rascal was and why he was on the search in the first place. Then tell them how his life was changed as a result.

  4. Conflict

    Audiences love a fight. Especially when they are not in it! The Panama Canal is there now. But it wasn’t there before. Was it all smooth sailing from concept to completion? Not a chance. Tell the story.

  5. Resolution

    Is the world a better place now because your characters were there? Is the world a better place now because the destination you are headed to is not what is used to be? Tell the story of change and outcome.

Add these elements to your lecture and you will have happy listening campers. You will have more fun, too!

[easy_sign_up title=”Get Your Free Copy of Diary of a Cruise Ship Speaker“]

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