Storytelling Belongs in the Toolkit for Cruise Ship Speakers

ByBill Belew

Storytelling Belongs in the Toolkit for Cruise Ship Speakers

Storytelling on Cruise Ships

Storytelling on Cruise Ships

Cruise ship speakers have a captive audience.

Conversation Among Cruisers at Sea

What else is there to do in the middle of the ocean or sea?

“Well, honey. Let’s go hear the talk on Silicon Valley?”

“Eh?! What?!”


“Uh, sure. I guess.”

Cruisers don’t want to be lectured. They don’t want to be taught. They don’t want to be uplifted.

Cruisers Want Entertainment

What cruisers want is to be entertained.

To be sure, there are few things more entertaining than a good story.

Think Paul Harvey and “The Rest of the Story.”

Think of the many yarns told by Zig Ziglar.

Gosh, even the Bible is something like 70% told in story form.

Learn the Art of Storytelling

The cruise ship speaker who learns the art of storytelling can be assured that s/he will be a hit. Not only that, their talk will be memorable, too!

I just returned from Shanghai. I was in a business lecture format and I was pretty proud of all the  homework I did, the statistics I could share, the shoring up of my main points.

When I was done, not a few of my students, business folks mind you, approached me. I was ready for some serious praise given all the hard work I had done to substantiate myself.

“Bill, I loved your story about …”

“Me, too.”

“Me, too!”

Stories have impact. Stories are memorable. Stories are entertaining.

The moral of the story … tell good stories!

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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