How a cruise ship professional speaker can demonstrate optimism – real story #2

ByBill Belew

How a cruise ship professional speaker can demonstrate optimism – real story #2

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

I have previously written about the need or desire for some professional speakers to improve their optimism.

A group of national speakers association members included this trait in a brainstorming session I participated in.

I welcome you to take a look. You won’t like what you read.

I also shared a story that helped improve my, ahem, optimistic outlook on life. Or better yet, how it improved my optimism. It happened when I was in Manila.

A couple of weeks ago I was in Phoenix. And try as I might to be prepared and avoid all eventualities things will go wrong when they go wrong. (Does that make me a pessimist or a realist?)

An optimist does not expect that things will never go wrong, s/he will expect that they can resolve the issue no matter what goes wrong. That’s a real optimist, no?

In Phoenix, my computer went dead. For some reason that escaped me at the time the PC would not charge, and when it was charged it wouldn’t hold the charge … even it was plugged in!

Moments before I went up on stage, down it went. We tried everything. I looked the part of a bumbling old man. Old comes naturally, but bumbling … I didn’t need that.

Forced shut down, reboot, slow slow start, too much pushing of buttons, and and and .. all while hundreds of people who didn’t know me from Adam stared on. I could hear people sighing.

All the while I was thinking how I could make the presentation without the slides – which would have been a tremendous waste of efforts considering how much time I had put into them.

In the end … we got it going and I did my thing.

The real point: working through the adversity gave me confidence and a more optimistic outlook for come what may next time.

Interestingly – pushing through adversity makes us more optimistic. Giving in makes us pessimistic.

Don’t give in.



About the author

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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