Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – Where to start

ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – Where to start

The introduction to this series on the diary of a whimpy cruise speaker gives the back ground to this series if you’re interested.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

In this post I want to talk about where to start.

For me, it started with making a friend. His name is Rick Deutsch, aka Mr. Half Dome. Click on the link to learn more about him. Don’t worry. It’ll open up in a new page and you won’t forget you were reading this.

Rick has spoken on dozens of cruise ships, literally all over the world for more than a half dozen years.

“Bill, you know things. You like to travel. Why don’t you try the cruise ship speaking gig thing?”

“Um, not sure. Too busy, I reckon.”

Fast forward about three years and more of the same from Rick and the bug finally bit me.

Step 1 – Rick gave me his spiel. It took a couple of hours. I went home and put my head down and pounded out a bunch of topic ideas. A few exchanges with him and we had want we wanted.

Step 2 – Rick introduced me to his agents and a few of the cruise ship lines that he knew of. Another few hours later and I filled out the applications with all my topic ideas and hit send. Then hit send again, and again and again.

Step 3 – Emails started arriving.

“Mr. Belew. We really like your ideas for the topics you submitted to speak on our cruise lines.”

” …. ”

“Mr. Belew?”

“Uh, yeah. That’s great. What next?”

“We’d like to arrange a time to talk with you on the phone to get to know you and go over the particulars.”

Step 4 – A few email exchanges later and the dates were set … for the interview.

And that’s where I will pick up in the next post. The interview.

Point here – Find/make a friend who has been there/done that and pick his/her brain. Pay attention and follow directions. That’s where you start if you want to be a cruise ship speaker.

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 globe

After 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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