5 Steps to Take Your Cruise Ship Talk to a New Level

ByBill Belew

5 Steps to Take Your Cruise Ship Talk to a New Level

Highly Effective Habits of Professional Speaker

Highly Effective Habits of Professional Speaker

I don’t want to be a good speaker. I want to be a great one. Somebody probably already said it, and if they didn’t I will, the biggest enemy of great is good. Too many people are satisfied with good enough.

Not me.

I want to do great.

I spoke at a conference in Phoenix a while back and a guy came up to me and used an already overused word.

“That was awesome. There were 3 reasons why I think so. Your points were so simple even I can remember them. You have charisma. And you had kick ass (his words not mine) slides.”

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I immediately (well maybe not immediately but not long after at any rate) started to think how I could do even better.

Another guy came out and said, “That, that, presentation was a perfect 10.” I would have given myself a 6 because I forgot some things that would have made it more impactful. And I had some technical problems at the beginning.

My point, I enjoy compliments as much as the next guy. But, I am not easily satisfied, I want to do even better. And then do better.

The man who paid me a compliment touched on 2 layers to a talk.

1. Delivering solid content on the assigned topic.

2. The slides that support the content.

I want to deliver on my assignment. I want the audience to go home learning what they were expecting to learn.

In addition to supporting my content my slides also told a story. And even some of the slides had their own individual storyline.

I can think of 3 more layers.

3. If I am good I will deliver my content in the context of an overarching message. In other words the way the content is delivered will also have something to say. (I will go into this more deeply in future posts.)

4. And there are stories within my presentation that deliver points that resonate individually with my audience. (I will give an example of this in a future post as well.)

5. Sometimes your slides can tell a story/have a message, too.

Layer your presentations and your audience will have much more to remember you for.

That’s good, wait, that’s great stuff.


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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

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