It’s not over till the fat lady, um, er, old man says good-bye and thank you to the last person to attend your talk.
Sticking around till everyone has gone might not be practical, but it certainly ought to be tried.
Whenever I see a show on board, the staff/stars in the program are ALWAYS at the entrances shaking hands and smiling as the audience goes out.
That’s good form for the speaker as well.
You are not done when you stop speaking. You’re done when there is no one else to say thank you to.
The best speakers are accessible, not only before but after their talks.
I have hung out in many a coffee shop on board with attendees. And though it was free, I have enjoyed many a meal with an attendee when they invited me to join them that evening for a meal.
It is not possible to have a meal with everyone in your audience. But on a cruise ship it’s a good opportunity to try.
It is possible, however, for your audience to get the true impression that you are accessible. That you are not there for just the 45 minutes of your talk but for the duration. That you are there to serve them. To make their cruise more enjoyable.
When I leave for a cruise ship gig, I leave with the mindset, “I want someone to put in their evaluations, ‘I was not expecting the speaker to be that good.'”
And I did it.
Let us get you on board, too.