Preparation Formula | 24 Steps to Creating the Perfect Presentation

ByBill Belew

Preparation Formula | 24 Steps to Creating the Perfect Presentation

Perfect Cruise Ship Presentations

Perfect Cruise Ship Presentations

It is deep into baseball season as I write this, I am reminded of how superstitious baseball players can be.

People in general , I suppose.

But what about cruise ship lecturers? Are they? Are you superstitious?

When you find that you did something that “worked” are you inclined to try to do that over and over again… the same way?

Do you have a formula you use when preparing?

Related: Tools for a Perfect Presentation

I am not superstitious, nor do I have a one size fits all routine to prepare.

I do, however, have some steps I almost always take at some time or another to prepare.

6 Big Steps in Your Preparation Formula


  1. Get the assignment – talk to the event organizer and establish a rapport
  2. Nail down the topic – All the titles sound the same, but they are not always the same when the audience changes.
  3. Identify the expectations – make crystal clear what the desired takeaways are for my audience and know what the ship wants me to deliver. Instruction, infotainment, edutainment …
  4. Do my research – It’s often piecing things together I always to. But when the audience changes I need to have some context to make what I know apply to what they need.
  5. Prepare my deck – I use Prezi. Anybody can slop a presentation together. But I ain’t just anybody. I want something good.
  6. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – I can have upwards of 70+ clicks for one presentation and if I have done my preparation well I will know where I am at every click WITHOUT looking. Many presenters let their slides serve as their outline. Not me … usually. I want my slides to emphasize what I said, not tell me what I am going to say.

Be prepared to give a creative presentation

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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

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