Speaker Day Checklist | Plan to Succeed on Board the Ship

ByBill Belew

Speaker Day Checklist | Plan to Succeed on Board the Ship

Speaking on Celebrity Constellation

Speaking on Stage on Celebrity

I wrote earlier that speakers need to plan to fail in order to succeed.

It helps to plan to succeed as well.

Here’s a working checklist that I use: (in no particular order)

1. Water – I need to drink a lot, but not too much. Getting old and all that comes with it. But I also need to have a water bottle on stage with me. 20-30 minutes in and I get dry-mouthed.

2. Arrive early to make sure things work – pc, projector, clicker, embedded videos …

3. Brain dump – make a list of things that are on your mind and pocket it. That way you know you don’t have to remember anything, at least for the time being, and you can concentrate on now.

4. Contact a friend – talk to somebody who has been where you are. Email them if you are on a ship. No agenda. Just share.

5. Rehearse your opening line – again and again and again. I pace, think out loud so I can get those first few words right.

6. Exercise – hit the gym, the track. Work up a sweat as close to the time you go on stage as permits. You will feel lighter on your feet and have a clearer mind when you get up on stage.

7. Plan to have fun – it might be work, except when it’s fun, too. Confucius said, “Find a job you love to do and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

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Bill Belew administrator

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 SpeakOnCruises.com

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