Speaking on a cruise ship is a bit different than in front of a company or association. You have no idea what the background or interests of your audience might be. This can be a challenge.
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1. As a Special Interest speaker, you need to know your material – front and back. You are presented as in expert on your topic. You WILL be asked questions. Don’t buffalo the answers. If you don’t know, say so – find out and get back to them.
2. You will have people nodding their heads in agreement as you deliver your talk. That’s reassuring, but speak to those who may not be as aware. It’s a different story when talking to novices on the subject.
3, Check out your talk just before you go on. Make sure the video clips are playing OK, and that the audio comes through. With VGA connections, you’ll need the headphone OUT connected to their system. Have a song sitting on your desktop that you play to check sound levels – not one of your real slides. Don’t let the audience view any of your slides.
4. When you create you backup USB stick with for your talk, (in case your PC dies), copy ALL the files you have supporting the talk. If you just transfer the PowerPoint and have to use the USB in a loaner laptop, it will not pull up the videos you have sitting on your laptop’s hard drive.
5. Many ships film you for later showing. Remember that those in their rooms watching, will not see your pointer. Direct them to where you are pointing: “On the left side you will see the entrance to the fort.”
So there you have it. Remember these tips to make sure you get a 10/10 in your ratings.
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