What’s the definition of a Destination-Related Special Interest Speaker

ByBill Belew

What’s the definition of a Destination-Related Special Interest Speaker

My agent just sent me a list of upcoming cruises that are looking for various speakers.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

It occurred to me that some readers might not know the difference.

Question: What’s the definition of a Destination-Related Special Interest Speaker

Answer: The Destination-Related Special Interest Speaker is someone who can offer up a series of talks, lectures, sometimes called seminars based on general topics that are related to the itinerary.

Here’s a short list:

1. music of the region

2. important people of the region

3. art of the region

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4. geology of the region

5. geography of the region

6. history of the region

In other words, when travelers get beyond the immediate shopping district and look at other ‘stuff’ they will think “Oh, this is what Speaker Dudette was talking about.”

It is NOT regurgitating Lonely Planet or Fodor’s. It is telling people something they might know or haven’t read up that genuinely enriches their experience.

I visited the Hermitage when I was in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was still Leningrad at the time. As we toured the paintings, my friend was telling who painted what and when and how long it took them. I started telling her the stories that were IN the painting. Before long there were 40+ people surrounding us listening to me tell stories about something they didn’t know.

Do that!

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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 SpeakOnCruises.com

    4 Comments so far

    Leon McKinneyPosted on9:12 pm - May 11, 2018

    I would like to receive you book on How you got your first speaking gig on a cruise ship

    Kathleen MacaPosted on12:46 pm - Jul 21, 2018

    I’d be interested in reading your book. Thanks for sharing these insights.

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