The Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs a System | Scout Out The Venue

ByBill Belew

The Cruise Ship Lecturer Needs a System | Scout Out The Venue

Questions for Cruise Ship Lecturers

Questions for Cruise Ship Lecturers

The first 2 things I do after getting on board and putting my bags in my stateroom is

  1. Call the activity director and tell him I am there. S/he never answers. They are really busy welcoming guests and doing a myriad other things. But I do this faithfully… leaving a message usually.
  2. I scout out my venue. Where am I going to be speaking? I check out the lighting, the temperature. I get on stage and look for things to trip on. I stop and listen for background noises. I spoke right next to a ice skate rink once when a show was going on.

A Lot of Questions

I go sit in different seats to get a sense of what my listeners will see. I look for the different screen sizes placed throughout the venues. If necessary I will make changes to my font size.

  • Will people be facing me? Will they be sitting at tables with some with their backs to me?
  • Will/can they be eating/drinking while I am doing my thing?
  • How close are the passageways?
  • How wide and deep is the stage?
  • Do I need my pointer? Or laser?
  • Where do I need to stand so that I can make eye contact with listeners? How near/far are they from me?

Questions, questions. But by the time I have the answers in hand from having ‘been there and done that’ I am all the more ready for my talk. I am able to focus on the delivery, on what I can control. And I am not worried about what I can’t control.

Related: Diary of a Cruise Ship Speaker

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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