Continuing on in my log on how to become a cruise ship speaker.
I have interviewed a lot of people over the years. I have hired folk and let some go. Going into the interview to be a cruise ship speaker, I had complete confidence.
Mostly because from my experience people have no idea how to interview. That means I can usually take control and lead the interviewer to ask questions I want them to ask me. Not this time.
I was on the phone for 45 minutes with one agent. An hour or so with another. And an hour and half with yet another. We went over our cell phone minute allowance for the month. 8-(
“Why do you want to be a cruise ship speaker?”
“Tell me how you gained your expertise in your area?”
“Where have you spoken in the past? What size crowds? Topics? Response?”
“Can you do powerpoint?”
“When are you free? How flexible is your schedule?”
And and and … and I asked a lot of questions, too.
“Great. Mr. Belew. We will take our recommendation to our committee that decides and get back to you.”
” … ”
“Great. I will be waiting to hear from you.” = I will never hear from them.
A week later an email came. “Congratulations. Mr. Belew. We are happy to have you on our list of recommended speakers. Please keep in mind that the ship will make the ultimate decision. Please let us know which cruises you would like to be considered for and we will contact the ship on your behalf.”
Uh… more waiting. (I didn’t say this.) But I thought it pretty loudly.
“Where can I see a list of cruises that are looking for speakers?”
“We will send that to you, Mr. Belew. Congratulations again. Glad to have you on board.”
Point – The interview is not a done deal. Lots of waiting. Persistence is key. But still not enough. The ship will ultimately decide.