5 Steps to Know Your Audience BEFORE Going on the Cruise Ship Lecture Stage

ByBill Belew

5 Steps to Know Your Audience BEFORE Going on the Cruise Ship Lecture Stage

Know Your Audience

Know Your Audience

t’s important to me to know my audience as much as possible BEFORE I get to the stage.

When I lecture on cruise ships I roam the ship with an intention. I want to know who else is on the ships. Are there families, couples, singles, young, old? The general wisdom is that I am talking to my parents generation. But, truth be told (talking to myself here) I am quickly becoming that generation and am talking to peers. But, not quite yet.

There are some steps I like to take to get to know my audience BEFORE I go up on stage.

1. If there is a sign up sheet to attend I can check out the names, sometimes faces and even profiles. This is easy to do when there is an online sign up.

2. If my time permits, I attend a session anonymously (except the organizer usually knows me) before my turn comes around.

Related: How to Be More Engaged with Your Audience

3. I ask the organizer if I can send out an email to the group with a very simple 2 or 3 questions to gauge expectations.

4. I research what the group has been doing before I get there and what they will be learning after I go to know where I will fit in. The organizer can help with this and/or I can check their curriculum online.

5. I visit the venue and walk the stage to get a feel of where I will be. I also sit in chairs that the attendees will be using so I can see what their perspective will be.

All of these steps help me to be mentally and physically prepared by knowing as much about my audience as possible BEFORE I go on stage.

What do you do to get to know your audience?

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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 SpeakOnCruises.com

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