Cruise Ship Lecturers Speak in a Second Language

ByBill Belew

Cruise Ship Lecturers Speak in a Second Language

Know Your Presentation Mechanics

Use a Lot of Images in Your Presentation

Cruise ship lecturers speak in a second language.

Your talk may not be a second language to you the cruise ship lecturer, but more often than not the speaker’s presentation is a second language to the listener.

There are always a lot of travelers from all over the world on cruise ships.

What that means is that there will be attendees in the audience who speak and understand English, but when it comes to listening to a presentation … things get a bit more difficult.

2 tips to reach this audience.

  1. Talk to them as if they were 12 years old. Don’t treat them like they are 12 years old. Use the vocabulary of a 12-year old. You’d be surprised how much you can get across without having to resort to 4- and 5-syllable words. Or complex sentences. Your audience is not stupid. On the contrary many in my audience are much smarter, much more experienced than I. It’s an English understanding obstacle, not an intelligence issue.
  2. Use a lot of images. Powerpoint, Keynote or Prezi. It doesn’t matter. Be more visual. Don’t tell, show. Don’t talk, act. Mark Twain said, “Don’t tell them the lady screamed. Bring the lady on stage and let her scream.”

Just because English is not the native language of your listeners, it doesn’t mean you can’t communicate.

Sensitivity goes a long way.

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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