Same topic and content, different focus in your presentation gives more impact

ByBill Belew

Same topic and content, different focus in your presentation gives more impact

Get out of your Comfort Zone

Get out of your Comfort Zone

I do lectures on cruise ships. Sometimes they are referred to as seminars. Sometimes talks.

I also hear a LOT of presentations on a variety of topics in a not a few different fields.

Additionally, I get asked to speak to a wide range of audiences whose interests are as diverse as the population of the Bay Area of San Jose – where I live.

This qualifies me to give feedback to other presenters and other speaker wannabes – be it a presentation to colleagues, research results in a class seminar, a toast, a pitch to investors, a sales presentation to clients or any such animal.

Related: 23 Thoughts to Improve Your Cruise Ship Lecture Presentation Skills

A day or so ago a young lady told me she had 8 minutes (I don’t remember the exact time but it was short) to make a presentation to a group of other speaker trainees.

“What are you going to talk about?”

Many words later I finally figured out that she wanted to talk about the steps to take to organize events and groups of people who have a like mind to organize similar events. … I think.

More words and I understood how difficult it was for her and the pains she went through to learn her lessons. Thus, she wanted to share those lessons. Why not?

I was shy. This is my second language and I am living in a different culture. And and …

I got it.

I suggested she speak on ‘Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone?’ Then go into the lessons she learned, how her world opened up and the network of like-minded people who are now surrounding her as a result came to be.

Lights went on.

Her presentation will be pretty much the same, but the message will be different. Her listeners will go home thinking “If I get out of my comfort zone, there’s a new world waiting for me.”

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Was it worth it? What did you learn?


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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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