Storytelling is gold for the professional cruise ship lecturer and the listeners

ByBill Belew

Storytelling is gold for the professional cruise ship lecturer and the listeners

Images Tell Stories, Too

Images Tell Stories, Too

Listeners remember less than 30% of what they are told in any given presentation. Less than that if they have their laptops, tablets and smartphones with them.

But a good story told well that connects the content with the listeners can be remembered for a long time.

Not only will the listeners remember the story, they are likely to remember the point the speaker was trying to make by telling the story and maybe even a fact or two that went with it.

Listeners these days are more mature or at least they have more information at their fingertips (literally) than they used to.

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Audiences want speakers who are knowledgeable, who can aggregate all the information available, and ‘bring it home.’ Nothing holds facts together like a good story.

Memory experts create mini-stories. Why not create bigger stories that tie thoughts, points, insights and facts together for your listeners.

Stories with layers can go even farther. In a recent presentation my slides told a story. There were mini-stories within the slides. And I told a story to hold all the slides together.

If I did my job well, the listeners would find themselves dwelling on my presentation, recalling the slides and the story that encapsulated it when I showed it.

Yeah … that’s it. Give your listeners something to dwell on and you have gold.

A good story is a great place to start.


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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

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