Two lessons I learned while on a recent cruise as a speaker.

ByRick Deutsch

Two lessons I learned while on a recent cruise as a speaker.

1: Bring a small flashlight up to the podium. We talked about this in a blog eons ago. Reread my discussion of the Emergency (aka Pearl Harbor) Kit.  As I was setting up my laptop and other stuff, it was really dark up there except for a bright light on me. I could not see inside the shelves where the ship had its power strip. I fumbled around until the tech came in and plugged me in.

Then I could not even see the keys on the laptop.  My screen put a shadow on the keyboard so I could not see my function keys.  I guessed where the PowerPoint SLIDE SHOW pull-down was. I had to move way back to get some light on it. I could not see the slots to put in my slide clicker and power.

I brought my tiny LED light from then on.

2: I did not adhere to the cruise speaker’s RULE #1….get off the stage in 45 minutes.  Ooops.   I had a crowd of about 200 people and was lecturing on Aviation.  A super talk….well, since the CD told me I could go an hour…I did.  I even keep a small analog clock up there. However, the Activity Manager later reamed me out.  It was a bit unfair IMHO since the next speaker had 25-minutes to set up – whereas the guy before me gave me seven minutes.  Sigh.

alarm clock

Put an analog clock on the podium

So, do what I say – not as I do!  Here’s  my post on using a clock. I gave five more talks and got off after 45.

A tip that I  preach is to monitor your clock…with 10 mins to go…recognize if you might go over….then slowly wrap it up – even if you have many slides yet to go. The audience will not know. Plan not to have key points at the end.

So the old dog learned.  Contact us and join the fun. We are seeing dozens of our graduates land gigs  on a variety of ships.  You can too.


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