How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve use of props

ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve use of props

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

I don’t use props when I speak.

But a group of National Speaker Association members decided in a brainstorming session that this was a skill speakers need to improve to be better at their craft.

I guess that means me.

But I am not inclined to carry ‘stuff’ with me when I travel. And more often than not the crowds I am speaking to are too large to see anything that I could carry in my backpack or hold up in my hand. Of course, if there is a big screen projection, that’s a different story.

My expertise = the subject of my talks does not lend itself to props. I don’t demonstrate products or juggle – though I have thought about the juggling … or maybe folding origami while I do my talk. But I don’t know how to do either.

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There was a time when I was speaking at churches and a point I wanted to make was that church people need to know how others are doing … I mean really doing. No superficial greetings and artificial smiles.

I illustrated the point by asking if everyone knew how they thought I was doing. I was suited up and even had a tie … as well as other articles of clothing.

But while I talked, I kicked off my shoes and displayed my socked feet with the toes missing. Then I took off my jacket, turned around and showed a dress shirt with the back ripped off. I looked pretty good until I showed everyone what was underneath. It was pretty effective.

Speakers would do well to give listeners something visual to go with their words. And if the speaker can far beyond a deck of powerpoint slides s/he will be leaps ahead of the competition.

Give your listeners something to see and touch to go along with what they are hearing.


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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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