Professional Cruise Ship Lecturers Need These 4 Soft Skills

ByBill Belew

Professional Cruise Ship Lecturers Need These 4 Soft Skills

Cruise Speakers Communicate

Cruise Speakers Communicate

So, you can speak? That’s why you are the dude on the stage of ABC Cruise Lines.

But do you want to get invited back?

You are supposed to know your topic. You are supposed to be able to deliver a good talk or 3 or 4.

But, how are your soft skills?

How do you do in personal interaction? What are those soft skills?

1. Conversation – Are you a conversation starter or a wall flower? Like it or not, the cruise seminar leader has to be the one who is good at initiating a conversation. You may not have to do it all the time but you have to be able to do it. “Where are you from?” “What brings you to this talk?” “What do you hope to take away?” “Cruised before?” These kinds of questions will more than get you started.

2. Conflict resolution – Doesn’t everybody get along on cruise ships? Aren’t everyone there to chill?

Related: Plan to fail in order to succeed.

Things do not always go as planned. Listeners do not always hear what you say.  Do you know how to handle conflict when it arises? Apologies go a long way. I don’t know how many times I have apologized even I didn’t think I was wrong … just for the sake of peace.

3. Negotiations – I am a lousy negotiator. I expect everyone to be fair. But, lo and behold, they are not. In my case, I send in my wife. But that is not always an option. Learn win-win instead of win-lose techniques so that everyone can walk away happy.

4. Being Pleasant to Be Around – I am getting too old for my own good. Too frumpy. Too experienced. Too convicted from the lessons I learned from that famous school in Fort Knox, of Hard Knocks. I struggle with being pleasant. The cruise ship speaker doesn’t have that option. Smiles, genuine interest, and a listening ear will work wonders.

How are you doing with your soft skills? Can you teach me, please? Really.

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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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