How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve stage presence

ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve stage presence

I prefer over the head mics

Behind the podium … not!

This is another characteristic that a group of National Speaker Association members came up with a brainstorming session that they, the speakers, would like to improve – stage presence.

It’s hard to have good stage presence if/when you are stuck behind a podium.

To have good stage presence the speaker must:

1. have mastery of their material. If you must read your notes you can’t do it.

2. have mastery of their presentation tools. If you don’t know how to work a remote, you’re cooked. If you must stand behind your computer or move the mouse or the cursor arrows to get to the next slide in your deck, you’re toast.

Related: Improve your use of presentation tools.

3. have a wireless microphone. I haven’t used a hand-held microphone in a very long time.

4. be willing to roam. I always check out my venue early and walk the platform. I want to know what I can and can’t see as I move about the stage … even if I were to step down off the stage. I do that a lot

When you know your material, can flip through your slides from anywhere, can stand anywhere and are willing to go anywhere, your audience will be willing and must follow you anywhere … because they won’t know where you are going till you get there.


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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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