How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve networking skills

ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve networking skills

Mr Deutsch speaking at the Oakland Museum

Rick Deutsch speaking at the Oakland Museum

The professional cruise ship speaker needs to be a good networker.

Rick is a great networker. He loves to talk. He strikes up conversations easily. Before you know it he is engaged with whomever, asking questions, getting answers, listening and responding.

And … sure enough … he’s able to segue into what he does best – speaking. Not talking, speaking.

Read: Web Skills every professional cruise ship speaker needs.

Networking is interacting with real people in their world of interests. You make a lot more friends by letting people talk about themselves rather than having them listen to you talk about yourself.

To improve your networking skills, you must:

1. Get out of your chair.

2. Walk/drive/bike/skip over to another person in the room and open your mouth with a question: Who are you? What do you do? When did you become a part of this group? Why are you here today? Where are you from? How did you come to know the others in this group? Or some such derivative of these questions.

Point: Get the other person to talk about themselves. And generally, though not always, anything you ask them, they should or will ask you.

Then make the connection between what they do and what you offer.

IMHO, everything has to do with everything. If you can’t make the connection, then let’s talk how to be creative … in another post.

For now, say something to another person you don’t know. Make a connection. That’s all there is to networking.


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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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