Learning to be Flexible Aboard a Luxury Cruise Line

ByBill Belew

Learning to be Flexible Aboard a Luxury Cruise Line

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I consider myself a flexible person … despite my age.

When I took my last cruise aboard a luxury cruise lines, I had high expectations that everything would be different, um, better.

And they were … for the most part. But not always.

The venue was smaller than,say Celebrity’s big stage, and bigger than, say one of the venues on Royal. But that was not a problem. Intimate is good. Going eye-to-eye with attendees is fun, even invigorating at times.

I had 5 talks this go round. And was well prepared … or so I thought.

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When I checked out my deck the night before going on stage, I found that my videos had dropped off. I am 100% sure I checked BEFORE I left home. But, no matter, they weren’t there now. To make changes to my Prezis I needed to be online. Even with the significant discount it was still going to be costly go go online, make the changes and download the presentations again.

What to do?

As it turns out, I had saved the videos I used in my presentations on my lap top. I could NOT reinsert them into my presentation, but I could, if I practiced

1. Stop my presentation

2. Call up my saved video

3. Watch the video

4. Close the video

5. Call up my presentation again.

Totally doable. But could I do it with a crowd full of people watching? And do it in a timely manner?

I practiced.

16 seconds. That’s what it took me to do steps 1 – 3 (to start watching).

My point – not only did I need to be flexible, I needed to be capable. I needed to practice.

I don’t think the audience knew that my slide deck was broken and that I was doing things ad hoc. That’s the point.

Be flexible. Be prepared.


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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 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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