Professional Cruise Ship Speakers Must Be Masters of Their Material

ByBill Belew

Professional Cruise Ship Speakers Must Be Masters of Their Material

I prefer over the head mics

Master Your Material

You are dead in the water if you must speak from notes on a cruise ship. No pun intended.

The listeners are not stupid, but they do not want the material to be so deep that the special interest lecturer must read from notes.

Indeed the professional speaker must be a master of their material.

I spoke at a conference in Orlando not long ago. I had 43 slides/images to show during my presentation. I had rehearsed the presentation in my mind so many times that I had all 43 slides memorized. No kidding.

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Once I started the presentation I no longer needed to look at my slides because I KNEW what was in them. I didn’t need the slides to tell me what I was going to talk about next. The slides were there to reinforce a point I was making.

I could talk and click or click and talk and never take my eyes off of my audience. It was pretty cool for my listeners to see me speak with confidence in my material and my presentation tools.

I did look from time to time, just to be sure. But as it turns out, I didn’t need to.

Master your material if you want to be a master speaker.


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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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