Professional Cruise Ship Lecturers Need to be Flexible On Board Luxury Lines, Too

ByBill Belew

Professional Cruise Ship Lecturers Need to be Flexible On Board Luxury Lines, Too

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Professional cruise ship lecturers need to be flexible on board luxury lines, too.

In a previous post I wrote about an incident I had on a luxury cruise line with my presentations that called for some flexibility and professionalism.

Just because everything around me is perfect, it doesn’t mean everything will go perfect.

Another example:

I spoke 5 times.

Each time I spoke I was in the ship’s largest venue with the possibility of having the largest crowd. I also had the largest screen and two smaller side screens.


Lecture 1 – check

Lecture 2 – check

Lecture 3 – check

Lecture 4 – um, where’s the tech support. The rule of thumb is 15-20 minutes early at the venue for the speaker to get set up and make sure things work. I was there. The big screen had a piano and a drum set in front of it.

The sound didn’t work and no other video hook ups were available.

15 minutes before, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7 … he finally shows up. No time to gain access to the big screen. My audience has to suffer through viewing only the side screens … which were not big considering the open space between chairs and screen.

All that to say, things do NOT always go as expected even when they are mostly like supposed to go as expected.

Be flexible. Be prepared. Make do.

Lecture 5 – tech support was there way early and things went very very smoothly.


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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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