Shifts in the Cruise Ship Lecturer’s Presentation Keep the Listeners Engaged

ByBill Belew

Shifts in the Cruise Ship Lecturer’s Presentation Keep the Listeners Engaged

Bill Belew Speaking on a Cruise Ship

Gesturing When Speaking 

Creating shifts in your presentation will keep your listeners engaged.

Every professional speaker knows, okay everybody knows, that too much of the same thing, even a good thing is no good. There must be variety. And spice. And all that sort of thing to give life to a presentation.

45 minutes of lecturing and I will go to sleep listening to myself. My wife used to fall asleep while chewing her own food.

Facts, jokes, images, stories, testimonies, videos, music, props, demonstrations, pacing the stage, increased/decreased rhythm, cadence and volume.

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Mix all these together at various lengths and in different orders over various lengths depending on your presentation and you can will have plenty of shifts to keep your listeners engaged. Maybe even guessing as to what you will do next.

Guessing is good. Confusion is not. Don’t do ‘stuff’ just to have something going on.

At a conference I was at not long ago, one speaker used foul language because he thought that would keep his listeners engaged. He used it so much that the audience grew tired of him very fast and instead of being shocking, he came across as unprepared, immature and downright incompetent.

Find and use different tools for your presentation and your listeners will stay engaged.

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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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