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Monday, March 29, 2010

Signed up?

Have you already signed up to SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM? If not - Why not?

The clue is in the title. Speakers who click HERE really do get to cruise free. What do you have to do?

1) Read and follow Daniel Hall's simple guide to preparing your profile.
2) Use his leads to promote yourself the decision makers in the cruise lines.
3) Follow Daniel's advice to create outstanding talks - based on the things that you enjoy talking about.
4) Enjoy those great free cruises.

So if you are not already cruising free under Daniel Hall's SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM scheme I can only say take the plunge. It won't cost a fortune - and it really can get you cruising free.

Happy Cruising - FREE!!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

About Promises

My early years in selling taught me that you only promise what you will actually deliver.

As a result I was amazed to hear a conversation between a lecturer from one of those "pay us €75 a day" speaker agencies and the cruise programme manager. This lady had obviously not learned what SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM teaches us. The lecturer had presented a really impressive list of topics, with a great synopsis on each. But it turned out that these were the topics she'd seen another speaker present on an earlier cruise - and copied the list. She though had not done the research and spoke from memory.

If only she'd signed up with SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM she would have known what is expected of her. She was perfectly capable - just VERY badly advised. As a result she will never work with that cruise line again.

Just a few hours of preparation would have allowed her to create her own topics and presentations - that way she would have built her own reputation, rather than riding on the coat tails of someone who was prepared to do the preparation.

Of course she would also have saved herself €75 a day if she'd signed up with SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM !!

If you are not already cruising free click HERE to find out more.

Happy free cruising


Monday, March 15, 2010

Mountains or Molehills?

Or to put it another way "Problems or Opportunities"?

On a New Zealand cruise recently I was the destination speaker. I researched New Zealand itself, history, general geography and of course the highlights of our ports of call. If I say so myself I'd done a really good job - well it was all made so much easier for me because I follow Daniel Hall's advice. His SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM programme gave me all I needed to know about how to structure my talks to this particular audience group.

I got "rave" reviews and was often stopped by passengers to introduce me to friends who wanted to join the audience. By the end of the cruise I had 200 plus at a time - apparently breaking known records. But then other lecturers probably weren't with SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM.

Then came my "problem" - the captain made a point of meeting me at a cocktail party to tell me he wanted me to do bridge lectures (speaking over the ship's PA system) as we cruised through the 3 fjords - the "Sounds" of South Island. As we were not due to stop there I'd only touched on them very lightly in my preparation. So no point being phased!! I asked our contact, the cruise program manager, for some internet time and quickly put together a host of information. I spoke to the pilot once he joined us to check my info - and he offered me some of his.

You see - flexibility - one of the first lessons I learned from my contacts with SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM.

The captain was so impressed he asked me to return a few days later to talk through Volcanic White Island - and for this I did a little research on the Pacific Ring of Fire. In truth Kathy did about half the work. So once again our teamwork paid off. I recognised that my "molehill" was not a mountain and turned a potential problem into a real opportunity. And the outcome was one very satisfied captain - AND a VERY positive report back to the cruise company HQ. I got a thank you phone call soon after we returned home and a request to do an extra cruise. That relationship is getting even stronger.

Don't make mountains out of molehills - and do turn problems into opportunities. :-)

If you are not already cruising free I can only ask "why not?". You must realise what a great opportunity you are missing. That's NOT a problem you see!!?

To find out more click HERE now.

Happy cruising - - - FREE!!!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Lemonade From Lemons

Hi Everyone --

I am happy to say that I received lots of emails from happy customers of my Speak on Cruise Ships program. If you want to get started cruising free you can check out this site:

In any event, once in awhile I like to publish these emails (with permission) especially when they have value to new folks looking to cruise free.

Thus, the below post come from an email sent by Phil Calkins. Phil tells the story of how he made lemonade from lemons -- and still got to cruise free! I think his note is instructive not just a cruise speaker stand point but for any time you are asked to speak and something goes wrong...

Hi Daniel,

We just returned from the Explorer of the Seas, 9-night cruise out of Bayonne, NJ, and wanted to share an “the show must go on” experience. Since we had an early flight out of Nashville, TN the morning of Feb. 5, we drove down the night before. I still had a few e-mails to send out and read and when I was finished I shut down my laptop and packed it in the case. The afternoon of the 5th, while waiting for the muster drill I pulled out my laptop, plugged it in, and it was head as last week’s mackerel! It showed no power coming in at all. I removed the battery and still nothing. So I called guest relations, introduced myself as the enrichment speaker and they promptly sent up an electrician to check the outlet. He explained I was getting power from the outlet to the charger but nothing from the charger into the computer. I thought I must have twisted a wire or something, so when I met Nicky, the Cruise Activities Director, following the muster drill, I explained my plight and that I would do the talks without the PowerPoint. As it turned out, it was a great move. Let me explain.

All of my 5 talks were scheduled at 2PM (ship’s time) each of the 5 days at sea. The staff promoted each talk over the ship’s intercom as well as the Daily Compass, and I set up the day 1 attendees with a list of the up-coming talks and asked them to come back each day. I had about 60% repeat attendees each day plus new ones and averaged around 25-30 per talk (Day 2 was best at slight over 50!). At the conclusion of the last talk, people hung around talking and asking questions and taking my business card with my contact info. It reminded me of the end of the semester when the students leave but the bond was still their between them and me. Because of the computer crash, I made the talks even more interactive and engaged them by asking them to envision some of the scenes the slides portrayed.

I’ll still plan on PowerPoint for the future but it just shows that good prep and flexibility can still make lemonade out of lemons!

As I mentioned above, having the talks the same time, each day, at the same conference room was a big plus. Even though I didn’t need the projector, the cruise staff came by about 15 minutes early each day to check on any needs I might have, and stayed around mixing with the attendees and our warm up chats. I’m sure they reported the excellent repore’ shared by all.

I did record the first 12 minutes of my first talk on high def video and I’ll get that to you to forward to Celebrity ASAP. If it looks like I was gripping the podium for stability, I was! We went from a Cat. 2, hurricane strength storm about 5AM that morning and still had force 9 gale winds by early afternoon.

Thanks again for all your support and representation,

Phil Calkins, M.S., CFP

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Sunday, March 07, 2010


Have you discovered the freedom of FREE cruising?

With you could be travelling the world on board luxury cruise liners - with your cruise paid for by the cruise companies!!

Cruise companies need well prepared interesting speakers who can contribute to their passengers' experience. They call us "Enrichment Lecturers". We usually speak for up to an hour on subjects that we enjoy - lots of us choose topics that are a part of our lives anyway. And the best part is we only speak on the occasional day at sea.

So what's the catch? That is a good question!! And so far I haven't found one.

Since I visited Kathy & I have enjoyed over $15,000 of cruises. And we didn't pay for them!!

It's true. I talk about things I enjoy, backed up by PowerPoint presentations. And in return we get free cruises - over 8 weeks in the last year alone!!

And it really is so much easier than you might expect. How? Well just contact Daniel Hall HERE and follow his simple advice. Daniel has all the essential tips - and the introductions.

Why wait visit NOW!!!

Why throw away the opportunity for vacation freedom. Click HERE NOW!!!
Happy cruising FREE.