Continuing on in my log on how to become a cruise ship speaker.
After finishing the 3rd of my 4 planned talks I had one last stop to make before being done. It wasn’t something I was required to do. But something I felt was important to add to my list.
While still in my speaking get up, I went off to find the activity director, Jamie.
Jamie was a really busy fellow, running events and keeping track of who else is doing what else for whom. We had tried to get together the entire week … but in vain. I met him just momentarily when I was departing the ship to go ashore during one of our stops. Had I not done that he wouldn’t have had a clue who I was from any of the other 4213 cruisers. Seriously, I was just a voice on the ship telephone messaging machine. He left me a message, I called him back.
Still I wanted to meet him. Sit down. Have a talk. Didn’t happen. But for a brief moment he knew my face.
Still, when I finished up my last talk, I went looking for him. I found him running a game show in one of the lounges with 30-40 people sitting around him.
He acknowledged me and I sat and waited to the game was over – 30+ minutes.
He wound down a bit and I went up to see him. Shook his hand, gave him a quick run down of what I did, how my talks went, how many showed up – that sort of thing. That’s when I learned to my relief that the lack of attendance in my second talk was not my fault or the topic’s fault. It was the time slot.
But my aim to meet him was to give a quick run down and to say, “Thank you for the opportunity to be a a part of the ship and to share with the cruisers.” That’s it.
A little bit of small talk and we both went our ways, never seeing each other again.
Still, I came to the ship. Connected with him – after all I ‘worked’ for him. Gave the ship my best. And connected him one last time to say thanks.
Point – no point this time. Just saying thanks.