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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Cruising Free as a Speaker - Mistakes to Avoid

By Daniel Hall

Being an approved cruise enrichment lecturer is the greatest gig on the seven seas. The deal is simple: you furnish the cruise lines three or four 1-hour lectures on subjects you love and you get a free cruise for yourself and a companion. The best part is the lectures are usually scheduled on sea days so you’ll have every port day totally free to explore. Further, you cruise as a passenger (not a crew member) so you’ll get every other passenger perk, too.

Although it is relatively easy for anyone willing to try there are some pitfalls to becoming an approved cruise lecturer. Here are the things you should watch out for:

1. You don’t do your homework. Learn which cruise lines have enrichment lecturer programs and what topics they generally seek.The cruise lines will know if you aren’t asking intelligent questions. You’ll only be able to sound intelligent about their programs if you’ve done your homework. Being labeled as an amateur because you have not done the required up front work
will be the kiss of death to your application.

2.You don’t pick “good fit” topics. The lecture topics you pick must succeed on two fronts. First, they must fit what the cruise lines seek. Second, you must be passionate and knowledgeable about them. This is easier than at first it may sound. From your homework you’ll learn what types of lecture programs the cruise lines like to have onboard. Onceyou have done that, find topics within your personal knowledge base thatmatch what’s popular on the cruise lines. You may have to make a list but EVERYONE has at least two or three topic areas in which they have proficiency, if not expertise. However, if your topics are all wrong, you’ll fail before you start.

3. You don’t make a professional, cogent presentation to the cruise lines. You’ll need to sell yourself and your lectures to the cruise line. Take the time to do it right. Be prepared to talk about how the lecture(s) fit within the cruise line’s format. Why passengers will like the lectures and why you’re qualified to talk about it. Get to the point. If you botch this initial communication with the cruise line they won’t have much faith that you can communicate in front of an audience of their passengers. Consequently, you may not get the chance.

4. You send an unpersuasive “lecture packet.” If you have done a good job with the initial contact, the cruise line will want you to follow-up with more information about yourself and your lecture. Think about this information as a mini-press kit that may contain a video or audio of your lecture. Your lecture packet must continue-the-sale that you started with the initial contact… if it doesn’t you’re in trouble.

5. You’re not flexible. You are trying to get your foot in the door. It will pay to be as flexible as possible with the cruise line about when you can cruise. Remember, you are there to help the cruise line entertain/ educate its guests. If you limit the time you can cruise to a specific week of the year, you may never set sail. Show as much flexibility as your schedule will allow and you’ll dramatically increase yours odds of getting approved.

6. You don’t educate yourself in the process of getting approved. Learn all you can about how to be approved as a lecturer. Not only will it streamline and take the guesswork out of the process but also dramatically increase your odds of success. Where do you start? At

Copyright 2005 By Daniel Hall


Daniel Hall, has cruised the world as an onboard speaker and is teaching others to do the same both through his new e-book Speak on Cruise Ships: Eight Easy Steps to a Lifetime of Free Cruises by Sharing Your Passions and Interests as an Onboard Lecturer (Even if You’re Petrified of Public Speaking) and his one-on-one mentoring program. Get details at

To subscribe to the FREE 6-part mini-course on which this article was based Avoiding the Fatal Mistakes That Will Prevent You From Cruising Free as an Onboard Speaker by clicking (or cutting and pasting) this link =>

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

VoiceAmercia Interview

Dr. Maxine Thompson recently interviewed me on a her VoiceAmercia show, "On The Same Page" Check it out here.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Free Teleseminar Cruise Ship Speaking

I wanted to let you know that bestselling author Rick Frishman of Planned Television Arts is interviewing me today (11/2) at 2 P.M. Eastern on promoting your book as a cruise ship speaker.

This is not going to be the same sales call drivel. I'm going to give you hard-hitting and effective strategies. Download the follow-along guide here:
The details are below:


Rick Frishman will interview guest Daniel Hall, an expert on how to promote your book on cruise ships. His book is entitled, Speak on Cruise Ships: 8 Easy Steps To A Lifetime Of Free Cruises By Sharing Your Passions and Interests As An Onboard Lecturer (Even If You're Petrified of Public Speaking).

He will share with us the following:

How to go about lecturing on the cruise ship circuit - selling books, branding your name, networking, and cruising for free - Choosing the type of lecture you would
give Preparing a brief list of topics/points you plan to cover in the lecture How to 'wow' your audiences Putting together a packet of info/video to submit to cruise lines to obtain speaking gigs.

Here's how to participate: Please call 620-294-4000. Then press in the code: 222089#