How the professional cruise ship speaker can evoke emotion

ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can evoke emotion

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At a recent brainstorming session with a group of speakers from the National Speaker’s Association we created a list of desirable skills, needed skills for speakers.

Read: The Full List of Skills for a Professional Speaker from that session, but not the full list of skills needed. That might be much longer, or shorter deciding on groupings.

One of the skills on the list was – can evoke emotion.

Indeed, people remember more about what they felt than what they heard at most any given time.

“Boy, did he make me mad.”

“I can’t remember exactly what he said or how he put it, but I am madder than … ”

Many of us have heard a similar exchange.

Determining the emotions is something for others to disagree about.

But I will go with: anger, fear, joy, disgust, sadness, surprise, hate and love.

With that in mind, what does it take to get our listeners to feel one or more of these emotions?

How do we make our listeners angry? Or make them hate? Or sad, surprised and so on?

The answer lies in the speaker.

The speaker must first feel the emotion. His/her words must express the feeling they have pent up inside.

“I am so mad = angry, I could, just, just scream!”

That won’t do it.

M L King was angry in his “I Have A Dream” speech. And he never screamed.

Ask yourself if you can explain why you are sad or why something so disgusts you. If the answer is yes, try it. Then try to get someone to understand you.

One of the dumbest things speakers can say is, “I am so excited.” Or “I am so happy.” Or, “This really makes me sad.”

If you are experiencing such emotions, your mannerisms – open hands, clenched fist, your words – shaking, quickened cadence, whispering and so on will come naturally to you. And it will be different for each speaker, too! Don’t mimic others, do it your way.

Be emotional and your listeners will, too. Be stolid, cold, expressionless and expect a similar response.


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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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