How the professional cruise ship speaker can become more riveting

ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can become more riveting

More riveting … this is one of the skills that a group of National Speaker Association members came up with as a desirable trait that is needed for the on stage professional.

How do you become a more riveting speaker?

The answer lies in the story and the impact the message could have on the listeners.

I watched a Ted talk not long ago and though riveting might be a bit strong, I was thoroughly engaged with the speaker AND his topic which I had no interest in going in.

Related: How to Improve Storytelling Skills

He was talking about data mining and visually displaying the results.

From his accent you could tell that English was not his first language. But the presenter was totally in love with his topic and the slides/graphs he had behind him … which were not particularly great … but still really cool.

The topic was a yawner … can’t quite remember what it was. Population growth and wealth distribution I think.

But I remember the speaker loved his topic. You could hear it in his voice. He seldom looked up because his stats and how he presented them were more entrancing to him. Besides, nobody’s eyes were fixed on him, the listeners were wondering what was going to happen next … on the slides! = Riveting.

Riveting is being in love with your topic and keeping your listeners so engaged they can’t wait to see/hear what is next.

Watch the Ted talk and tell me if I am right or wrong.


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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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