Vince Lombardi’s Advice for would be successful cruise ship lecturers

ByBill Belew

Vince Lombardi’s Advice for would be successful cruise ship lecturers

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Timing your talk is critical so you finish on time.

Cruise Ship Talkers Arrive Early

Lots of folks in my generation admire Vince Lombardi. He was a great motivator. He also gave good advice that can cross disciplines.

One piece of advice doesn’t come from Lombardi but rather comes from an anecdote about Lombardi from his star quarterback – Bart Starr.

That advice is good for the professional speaker as well as the cruise ship lecturer.

Starr said of Lombardi, “If you show up for one of his lectures on time, then you are late.”

Lombardi required his players to be early, to be ready to be taught when the time came.

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On board lecturers who are required to be on stage at 2 cannot, must not show up at 2.

How early? That depends on the props you are using and your need for technical assistance.

30 minutes before you start talking is not too early. In most cases the support staff will not even be there until 15-20 minutes before. And sometimes later than that.

I go early, walk the stage, sit in different seats to get an idea of what the audience is seeing from their perspective. I check the lighting. I even strike up conversations with people who seem to be just wandering, maybe looking for something to do.

I might even say things out loud to get an idea of the acoustics in case my sound doesn’t work.

There’s a lot of things you can do if/when you show up early.

But if you show up on time, you’re late.



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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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