Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – The application to the director

ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – The application to the director

Each cruise ship speaker has a different method to announce what cruise lines are looking for speakers – destination and enrichment.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

One agent will email out to all the speakers a list of upcoming opportunities. Another has a web site that is updated every 5 seconds. Of course, ship needs don’t change that often. Yet another agent puts needs as they come to her on her Facebook page. If she friends you, you will see an upcoming need in the feed on  your Facebook page, provided you are active there. And still another sent me to the home page of a cruise line with instructions to go through all the itineraries that the ships will be sailing next year and pick which ones I would be interested in. There were just two luxury lines. But two times every week times one year is a lot of itineraries. Where have I been, I can do destination. Where do I want to go – I can do enrichment. I am approved for both. However, I haven’t been everywhere. And not everywhere wants an enrichment speaker.

If it’s a destination speaker gig I am aiming for I have to send from 4-6 topics plus descriptions. Lots of destinations equals a lot of topic and description making upping. Enrichment? Four to six topics and descriptions and I am done.

My enrichment topic is in demand – Social Media for the Cruiser. Destination speakers are in demand as well. But I can’t destination speak to the places I want to go because I haven’t been there yet.

Point – the cruise director of the individual cruise line and itinerary I am aiming for makes the final determination. I get rejected, too!

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

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