Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – Making Friends at Dinner and Elsewhere

ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – Making Friends at Dinner and Elsewhere

Continuing on in my log on how to become a cruise ship speaker.

I am generally not a sociable person. I don’t not like people. I am just not as outgoing as I used to be.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

Still, Rick told me that it makes sense to be friendly, strike up conversations, meet new people. So, I tried.

Since I traveled alone this go round I decided to sit at the table where you didn’t know who was going to sit with you. The meet new people table or something like that.

Other people looking for others to chat up or just chill with show up.

It was a good thing I did.

Half of the people who showed up at my second talk were people I had eaten with. One big reason was there we so few people at the second talk. I was really disappointed.

The first time was a full house. I was expecting everyone to come back, tell their friends and bring some of them as well for an even bigger crowd.

Didn’t happen.

Later the cruise activity director told me why. It was the time slot. The first time I spoke was at 2 pm. The second time was 4 pm. He apologized. He said, people just don’t turn out at that time. Still I had more than a dozen people. But not like the first time with nearly 50 people or so.

And of the dozen, half were people I had met at dinner. And they came back for the remaining talks as well.

Point: Be friendly outside of your talks. The people you meet might be all that show up.

About the Author

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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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