Center of Attention on a Topic | The Blogger and Professional Speaker Share Needs

ByBill Belew

Center of Attention on a Topic | The Blogger and Professional Speaker Share Needs

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It’s fun to be the center of attention when you are right, when your topic is a popular one, when you are on the main-stream side of a controversial topic.

But try being the only person in the room who is right. Not so much fun.

My dad used to say, “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you.”

Names can hurt, too. Not as much as the sticks and stones, mind you. But they still hurt.

Speakers Are the Center of Attention

My last cruise was on a small stage (the ship was small). I was surrounded by a semi-circle of people looking on. I was literally in the center of their attention.

Controversy doesn’t make for a good topic on cruise ships.

Related: The Blogger and the Professional Cruise Ship Lecturer Mastermind

When I was in the Navy, we avoided politics, religion and sex. It’s a good idea to do the same when speaking on cruise ships.

Still you are in the center. None too often, there might be people in the audience who know about your topic than you do. They may have been to the destination you are talking on more times than you have.

What happens when you get called on a point?

Do the Duck Imitation

All this is to say that when you are speaking on a cruise ship, much like when the blogger hits the publish button, you will be putting yourself ‘out there’ where people can hit back. Are you okay with that?

If not, you might want to consider sitting down.

If so, stand up, speak out and learn to duck.

Reach out to us and we will get you on a cruise ship as a speaker.


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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