What I want to do is go as many places as I can as an enrichment speaker, then go back with my family as either a destination or enrichment speaker. My personal goal in this is to show my daughter the world.
Application, application, application …. Acceptance, rejection (ouch!) acceptance.
I got accepted by a cruise line to be special interest speaker on an eastern Caribbean cruise. That is where I am as I write this. Sitting in the buffet lounge having a pretty girl with an interesting accent bring me refills on iced tea. And the Caribbean Sea at my back and CocoCay to my right.
I was rejected for a destination talk that was trans-Atlantic, from Southampton, England to Ft. Lauderdale. Still don’t know why exactly. I have been to all the places. I liked the topics and descriptions, as did Rick, as did my agent. But the cruise line said no thanks. Disappointment.
I got accepted for a different trans-Atlantic cruise (whew! glad the other was rejected now so I don’t have to do all those sea days twice) to go from Miami to the Azores, to Spain to France. This cruise is actually a lot cooler than the other and I get to go places I haven’t been.
Point – even I know what I am doing, I still get rejected. More often than not, things do work out. After all, I am cruising now and I am due to go again next March/April.