The Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs a System | Greet Your Crowd

ByBill Belew

The Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs a System | Greet Your Crowd

Greet your crowd in different languages

Greet Your Crowd in Different Languages

I spoke at Google HQ in Mountain View. That’s not me blowing my horn. That’s me about to make a point.

While I was waiting for the clock to strike 12 and the mouse run down the clock (sorry, I was thinking about my daughter’s blog), I did what I most always do. I tried to strike up a conversation with some of the attendees.

Shut Down by Google Employee

“Where are you from?”


“Ah! We are playing you guys in the World Cup tomorrow.” Note: I care nothing about World Cup Soccer and was surprised at myself for knowing what I did.

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“Soccer? We’re nerds here. We don’t care about sports.”

She shut me down. Killed the conversation. Google? A tough crowd.

Even so, that simple exchange was very insightful to me heading right into my talk.

Use this illustration or that? Tell this story or that?

Interact with Your Crowd

It’s important to interact with your attendees as much as you can before you start … even right before you start IF you have the leeway.

Granted, some cruise ship speakers do other things to calm their nerves, to gain focus… and those, to be sure, are important.

But so is getting to know your crowd as much as you can.

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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