Cruise Ship Lecturers are Trainers in Disguise | 9 Skills to Develop

ByBill Belew

Cruise Ship Lecturers are Trainers in Disguise | 9 Skills to Develop

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Show Don’t Tell

Cruise ship lecturers are often trainers in disguise. That is, the seminar leader on a cruise ship is an expert in some field. More often that not, you will, can be, or are paid to ‘drill down’ on your expertise in a learning arena.

Good trainers can make good lecturers and vice versa. The skills transfer across.

Skills to Develop:

1. Be yourself – I sometimes here coaches say, “Practice being genuine.” Huh? You either are authentic or you are not. Be transparent. Tell stories. Avoid the word I.

2. Be unique – if you are not you who is going to be you. Don’t try to be someone else. Guaranteed that the other person is having a hard time being themselves as is.

3. Be flexible – know how to adapt to your message to the audience. It can be as easy as changing the nouns. But sometimes it takes a lot of research.

Related: 20 Ways to Make Your Talks More Creative

4. Expand and contract – have shorter, longer and deeper versions of your presentations.

5. Invite feedback – everybody says they want feedback but what they really mean is that they want people to say nice things to them. Get real feedback from people who’s opinions you respect and learn from them.

6. Iron sharpens iron – hang out with people who are better than or at least as good as you are and make each better.

7. Make mistakes – we absolutely learn more from the things we do wrong than the things we do right. Besides people who don’t make mistakes don’t do anything. And mistakes make for great fodder for future talks.

8. Keep testimonials – encouragement is not what people naturally offer up. When it comes, latch on to it. Review it from time to time. Give yourself a recharge.

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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

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