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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

7 Awesome Tips for First Time Destination Guest Lecturers

Check whether you are required to be the Port Destination Lecturer or Enrichment Destination Lecturer.These are two different types of presenters and passengers expect the Port first and Enrichment second. Qualify this with your organizer, prior to preparation.

Group 1 – Enrichment Destination – Princess Cruise Lines - Please note: often our ships have Port Lecturers that have been recruited by our Shore Excursion Department. These lecturers talk specifically about each port from a “tour guide” or “local man on the ground” point of view, talking in detail about what to do and things to see in each port. Destination speakers should try to give a broader overview of cities or countries or entire regions to avoid overlap or repetitiveness (as suggested above), although some overlap will be unavoidable. Occasionally, when we are missing a Port Lecturer, we will request the Destination speaker function more like a Port Lecturer.

Use a hand held microphone or lectern rather than headset, which may not fit your head properly.

To prepare a lecture that caters to ALL cultures, limit humor, interaction, jargon and slow your pace of speech.

Success with your presentation will depend on your preparation. To suit all personality groups I suggest a power point slide with a graphic on one side and a statistic or fact on the side of the slide. Alternatively a full graphic slide or words in no smaller than 20 point font. This suits both personality styles and will suit all your audience members.

Take the time to research the passenger’s expectations AND the cruise ships expectations from the organizer. These should match.

A lecture style presentation is preferred for destination topics. Limit your interaction with your audience.

None is better than too much and fewer chances of mistakes.

Use facts in your information. EG.A large number of migrants emigrated from Greece after the war, is too general. The year and the number is what the passengers like to hear. In 1948 60,000 immigrants from Greece migrated to Australia.

Supplied by Janice Davies ASM, Professional Speaker, Business Trainer, Success Coach & Author


Note From Daniel: Thank you Janice for your great tips! Now if you want to want to get started cruising free as a speaker -- get on over to and dip a toe with a free special report.


Allyn Evans said...

Hi, Janice! Thanks for the great tips. I just finished a run with Princess and would have loved to had these before departure.

I wanted to offer variations of two of your points.

I actually prefer to use a headset, because I have a pointer/remote in one hand and in the other will pick up notes (say when I'm reading an excerpt from a journal entry Columbus wrote).

So I would suggest that instead of completely ruling out a headset, if you actually prefer one, try it on and see if it will work for you before making your decision. The headset was a perfect fit for me.

I thought your comments about lecture-style presentation and audience participation were spot on.

But I think you can effectively do some audience participation activities or pieces with some of the enrichment/destination lectures.

For one of my programs, I used a fill in the blank about pirate history that I think was well received.

This meant that I was interacting with the audience and asking for them to "guess" the answers. But as you suggested, it's a serious presentation and you need to be providing well-researched material.

For my presentation about the Caribs and Arawaks, a more formal presentation, I followed your recommendations and didn't have hardly any audience participation. My pirate one, although many of the same audience members, was a little more informal and presented as storytelling hour.

Dr. Debby said...

Actually, there is no need to use printed notes during your presentations. As long as you are using PowerPoint and a modern computer (i.e. one that can handle at least two monitors), you can put an unlimited amount of notes to yourself on the screen by using Presenter View. The set-up can be a little tricky, however, so be sure you know what you're doing and be sure to check out the equipment before your talk.

Good luck!
Dr. Debby
The PowerPoint Princess