A primary requirement to be accepted as a Cruise Ship speaker is the ability to be comfortable in front of large audiences. Programs such as Toastmasters are great to help people be at ease when speaking.
Many candidates for placement on cruise ships have experience from their jobs, military, church, civic groups or associations. the skills needed can be learned – with practice. Rehearsals for any talk are mandatory.
Video capture of rehearsals is a good ways to detect little tics that you may have. By seeing yourself, things like swaying, touch ear and the common “uh, uhs” are easily spotted. Another good idea is to give the talk in front of a live audience. this could be your family, neighbors, gold buddies, etc. make sure they can be candid and don’t only give you praise. They need to note your pacing, diction and technique.
The SpeakOnCruises.com team has over 60-years of experience in the public speaking arena and offer training to help anyone master this art. It’s been said the humans worst fear is speaking in public – the second is dying. Jerry Seinfeld jokes that if you have to give a eulogy, you may be more at ease in the casket!