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Monday, December 05, 2011

Living and Learning

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By Andrew Johnson

I've learned over the years of speaking to audiences about some of my favorite topics that I need to adapt to the circumstances. And over the time that I have been cruise speaking my talks have developed and grown - in both number and quality.

I watch other speakers and learn from them. And not just the excellent speakers! Many poor speakers have something to teach us - often how not to tackle the task, but sometimes with little gems of good ideas sprinkled within their presentations.

What I learn in my cruise lecturing I apply in my key note talks - and vice versa. Life is a journey - and why would we go on a journey if we don't plan to take anything from the journey. One passenger on a recent Silversea cruise who had seen me before on Celebrity told me how much he enjoyed one of my talks second time through - and how much he valued the way it had grown since the first time (which he had also rated very well).

While you are speaking on free cruises - and before and after - keep your eyes and ears open for new ideas that can help you to develop your style and your content.

And if you are not already cruising FREE contact Daniel Hall at You could be cruising, free of charge, in next to no time.

Happy cruising FREE


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Finding the Key

By Andrew Johnson

We all know that to unlock a door you need the correct key. Even in this digital age, where the key could be a pin number or an iris scan, if it is nor correct the door will not open.

Several years ago, sitting in the theatre on a Celebrity cruise ship Kathy and I listened to an excellent lecturer. Professional photos Alaska cruise 206 007Over the years, on board various cruise lines we've seen lots of average cruise speakers, a few very poor speakers and a handful of great ones - like that man. As we left that theatre, simultaneously we said something along the lines of "We can do that!"

But where to find the key?

I did a lot of research, spoke to a few cruise line contacts and agents. The message seemed to be - "Pay an agent $50 to $70 a day to get booked".

Well I don't give in that easily!! I kept at it and found DANIEL HALL at

He has introduced us to most of the major cruise lines - because he has seen our work, had great feedback and trusts us to deliver. This year alone Kathy and I have cruised across the South Pacific, twice across the Atlantic and are now cruising (free of course) with 6 star cruise lines, where we are treated like royalty.

If you want to find the key contact DANIEL HALL now at to see if you are one of the people that the cruise lines are looking for.

Click HERE NOW to find out more.

Happy cruising - FREE.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Have you checked yet?

From Andrew Johnson

We are just getting the packing done for our 6 Star cruise to Barbados. Kathy and I know that you will want to wish us a fabulous vacation - and unless you are already signed up with DANIEL HALL at wishing us a good trip is about all you can do.

But check out now if free cruising as an on board speaker is for you by clicking HERE and in no time you could be cruising free just like us.

Just picture yourselves by the pool, cocktail in hand, with great entertainment, in a free stateroom – and lots of interested travelers who really want to hear what you have to say.

To check with DANIEL if this could be you click HERE now. And then get packing!

Happy cruising FREE!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Where in the World is that Cruise Ship?

Speakers Cruise Free club member Gid Pool turned me on to this cool site that tracks the real-time locations of all Cruise ships and ocean liners in the world.

I thought was kind of cool!

Oh, and if you would like to find out if you have what it takes to be a cruise speaker then attend one of my next open auditions. Pick a time and date to attend here -

Sunday, October 09, 2011

You can do it!

Comedian Jerry Lewis used to write in his diary after a show. His jotting usually said either -

"I killed!" or "The audience sucked."

You can't go through life believing that someone else is responsible for any failure. Mind you I don't think Jerry Lewis actually believed that himself! There are many theories and gurus that propound the basis that by being positive about your goals you increase the likelihood of achieving them. I support that principle myself and encourage all my clients to get their own minds in the right frame. If they believe they will not succeed they stand a much better chance of failure!! J

If I had not believed I could get FREE CRUISES I would not have put in the effort. I knew I could do it - and I told everyone I was going to. The result is that we joined DANIEL HALL and a few years ago.

Now we cruise the world for FREE. Several times a year.

And all I have to do is chat to lovely groups of interested people about topics that interest me - and only for about 45 minutes at a time - and normally only on the days when the ship is not visiting a port of call.

If you are not already with us click HERE now to find out if it will work for you.

Happy cruising FREE.


Monday, October 03, 2011

Do what you love ....

... and love what you do.

I am a great believer in making the best of life. And I have found, over the years, that if I make the most of the things I really enjoy so many of those other tasks are easier to do - and some of them even do themselves (well OK I get a bit of help by delegating!!)

Kathy and I really enjoy travelling. And we just love being pampered. So cruising was a natural for us. We have been cruisers for years and when the opportunity came to
CRUISE for FREE we asked some pretty searching questions. Satisfied that DANIEL HALL'S programme really worked we signed up to SpeakersCruiseFree. com.

And we haven't looked back.

We now cruise the world on board luxury cruise ships. I speak about the things I enjoy for 45 minutes on most sea days and our cruises are FREE. Really!!

What could be better?

To find out more click HERE now.

Happy cruising FREE,


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Are you doing what you want to do?

I’m serious. We only have one life. Are you doing what you are intended to do with yours? Or what people think you should do? Or what you will really enjoy doing?

If you feel you are making the best of a bad job, or just accepting that this is all you are capable of – ask yourself again (or possibly for the first time) “What do I want to do with my life?”


I did that, with Kathy, my wife, and we decided that we wanted to travel in luxury, all over the world. Now, while we are not badly off, we did not want to spend our hard gotten capital on living the highlife. So we went on a hunt. And we found the perfect way to travel the world in 5 and 6 star luxury, eating wonderful food and sipping cocktails; watching West End shows and visiting great ports of call. We CRUISE for FREE!! Really! Well OK we pay for most of our own cocktails, but even those are heavily discounted on some lines.

When I found DANIEL HALL at SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM it changed our lives. We are now doing what we truly want to do. And the cost is just amazing – free luxury cruises, all over the world, in exchange for around 1 hour on most sea days (2 or 3 times a week). And I get to talk about things that really interest me.

What could be better?

If you are not already CRUISING for FREE click HERE now.

Why wait?

Happy cruising - FREE,



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What sort of person are you?

John Newbern says “There are three types of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, 'What happened?' ”

What sort are you?

Do you sit there saying “I wonder how those guys get to cruise free all over the world?”

Do you just sit there watching other folks enjoy the high life as guests of the cruise companies?Bora Bora 1

Or are you out there with us enjoying luxury travel at the invitation of cruise lines – great shows, excellent food, super service?

If you are not already cruising free I recommend you click HERE NOW! 

SpeakersCruiseFree.Com the way to a great world of free vacations.

Have fun cruising FREE,


Monday, September 05, 2011

What is success?

My mentor, Michael Neill, defines success in these words “Success is waking up in the morning and looking forward to your day, enjoying your experience of the day, and going to bed at night looking forward to waking up the next morning.”

In other words success is an attitude of mind. I’ve met cruise speakers who moan the whole cruise about the lack of interest shown by the cruise team – ignoring the fact that the speaker is often the least of their problems when they have prissey entertainers, high expectation passengers, a demanding boss and even the odd emergency to deal with.

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Our job is to get out there for an hour a day on sea days and provide an entertaining and enlightening diversion for the passengers – one that the cruise director doesn’t have to worry about. And having done that little thing, the rest of the task is to sit back, sip cocktails, watch the great shows, enjoy great service and food and explore fascinating ports. Oh and watch and learn from some other great speakers. Do that and you have achieved success.UP QR Codes

And of course all that comes free, because we speakers CRUISE  FREE  thanks to DANIEL HALL and

If you are not already CRUISING FREE click HERE now to find out more.


Happy cruising FREE (of course!)




Monday, August 29, 2011

Divided by a Common Language

George Bernard Shaw is credited with this phrase and Churchill once said that “The United States of America and the United Kingdom are two great nations divided by a common language”. As the son of a wealthy New York heiress and as an international statesman he should know.

I have seen many cruise speakers who make no concessions at all to this difference. An English academic who talks in Oxford code or a New Jersey life coach who makes no concessions to his international audience will get poorer ratings than the speakers who find out the nationality split of the passengers and talks to them rather than beyond them.

Many cruise directors give an idea of the nationality split at the welcome on board show – even if you don’t attend the show it’s worth watching the relevant bit of the stateroom TV showing to find out.

And always use words and phrases that the whole audience will understand. Remember that a part of your audience will be the dozens of nationalities of crew, who get the chance to watch the TV re-runs on their cabin TV service when they finish work – often in thimagee early hours.

Oh – and watch what you do with your hands! While Governor Schwarzenegger’s cheery “thumbs up” might seem innocent enough, in some parts of the world this is just plain offensive! Whatever you don’t give this sign to a traffic cop in Rio!!!

And if you are not already cruising free with Daniel Hall and click here now!

Happy cruising free!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Fly the way the sailors do!

When crew join, leave or rejoin a ship they often have to fly to get to or from the relevant port. Recognising this a number of specialist travel agencies exist that negotiate special air fares (maritime or marine fares). These fares are very well priced, more flexible that most advancSlide74ed purchase fares; they usually inlclude additional baggage allowances (commonly a 2 piece allowance) AND, as contracted speakers on board cruise ships we are usually entitled to these excellent offers.

There are several specialist agencies. We have traveled with both and

You will need to register and demonstrate that you are travelling to join a ship on a contract. And you should have your speaker contract or letter of engagement with you when you check in.

There you go. Another useful tip for our friends at DANIEL HALL’S SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM.

If you are not already cruising free click here now! 

Happy cruising FREE!



Monday, August 15, 2011

Where do your neighbors go?

Where do your neighbors spend their vacations? We live in sunny Spain and many of our neighbors head for local beaches – or even to cooler northern climes. In winter they may go to the Canary Islands or the Spanish Caribbean. Or they may seek out the culture of Europe’s many cities.barcelona_sightseeing

They are often amazed by our vacation plans. Not surprising really. A number of other expats enjoy cruising. Often a couple, or even more a year. But of course, even with the best deals around, they end up paying far more than we do.

Kathy and I cruise free thanks to Daniel Hall at SpeakersCruiseFree.Com. And how good is that!

Well let me tell you – we cruise several times a year. And we really do cruise for free.

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my talks for a “six star” standard cruise in a few weeks time. We haven’t had to save for months (or years!) we don’t have to go into the red, and we don’t have to trim back on the rest of our lives.

We just get out there and cruise free.

Daniel will tell you that I was sceptical at first. I doubted the claim that we could cruise for free.

I was wrong. We can. And WE DO!!! ?

If you are not already cruising free do yourself a favor. Get one up on the neighbors and click HERE now.

Happy cruising free,


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Getting there on time

My message for today is “Get to the ship on time!!”

On a recent cruise one speaker missed the ship because he left no time for delays on his connecting flight. Why would you leave such things to chance I wonder.

Professional photos Alaska cruise 206 007Our next cruise (thank you DANIEL HALL) is on one of the smaller premium lines that pays flights, gratuities and even drinks on board. When the proposed flight schedule came through yesterday – including a short international connection - Kathy & I decided to offer an option with a bit more leeway. So, with their agreement, we are flying into the departure port the day before and paying ourselves for an overnight hotel. A small price to pay for a six star FREE CRUISE.

Get there in plenty of time and ensure that you’re not the speaker who lets the cruise line down. UP QR Codes

And if you are not already part of the SpeakersCruisFree.Com team click HERE now.

Happy cruising FREE,



Friday, July 22, 2011

Linking up with the World

Using UP codes and QR codes let potential contacts find you so easily.

Simply by scanning your code they will be taken directly to your website.clip_image001

To find out how you can start cruising free with clip_image001[4] scan one of these codes or click here now 

Happy cruising ---- FREE


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My gift to you

I have gained so much from SpeakersCruiseFree.Com that I think it’s time to give something back!

To motivate yourself to achieve your goals use this simple exercise -

1. Choose your goal – maybe a dream that you have always harbored secretly. Perhaps your goal will be cruising free?

2. On a scale of 1 to 5 choose where you are now – where 1 is nowhere just yet and 5 means that this goal is in every fiber of your being – night and day. 

3. Make a list of the steps you need to achieve along the way to move from the score you have now to reach a 5. Go right back to basics and note what your achievement will be when you know that you have progressed one point on the scale. And list all these steps along the way.

So for example – 1 is deciding that I want to cruise free; 2 is clicking the link to SpeakersCruiseFree.Com; 3 is signing up with SpeakersCruiseFree.Com; 4 is preparing your proposal to the cruise companies and 5 is taking your first free cruise with SpeakersCruiseFree.Com

4. Now look at you and identify how you will have to change to meet those goals. What are your personal milestones.

For example – 1 is really wanting to travel the world’s seas on free cruises; 2 is actually doing something about it instead of just dreaming; 3 is making a commitment to myself to join the cruisers who travel free with SpeakersCruiseFree.Com; 4 is devoting just a few hours to really understand the process and follow the simple steps that Daniel Hall will show you and 5 is packing your case ready to go on your first free cruise.

So there it is. A simple, easy to follow step to get off the sofa and achieve your goals.

To find out more click HERE NOW.

Happy cruising FREE.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Making Memories

Kathy has just completed here super scrapbook of memories from our amazing free cruise round the world adventure. And I’ve posted a photo album on my favorite photo sharing site.Slide80

Memories are so empowering. We just have to open the album, or the scrapbook to feel again the amazement, the pleasure, the luxury and the love that we shared. And yes I did say “free” cruise adventure.

Since I signed up with Daniel Hall at we have had some fabulous vacations and created wonderful memories.

Are you planning your next memories? If you are not already a member of this powerful community click here now to find out how easy it is for you to cruise free.

Happy cruising -  FREE,




Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Independence Day

From Andrew Johnson

On July 4th citizens of the USA celebrate their independence. My independence started when I left the corporate world and started earning for myself.

Then I had the good fortune to find Daniel Hall at Because with Daniel came a whole new independence -  the freedom to travel the world, in the height of luxury, on board magnificent grand cruise ships. And the best part is that the cruises are FREE! Yes I do mean FREE.Andrew & Kathy Johnson

Are you already cruising free? If so you know very well what a wonderful freedom this represents – independent of travel agents; independent of high cost vacations; independent of costly speaker agencies.

I hope that you enjoyed 4th of July. If you are not already cruising for free make today your personal independence day and check out what Daniel Hall has to offer by clicking here now.

Happy independence. And happy cruising FREE!



Monday, June 27, 2011

You gotta have a Dream

According to the song – “… if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”

In my life I learned early to dream big. The truth is hardly anyone will dream as big for me as I can dream for myself – and by setting great goals I’ve kept getting great results. Why should anyone else believe in me if I don’t believe in myself?

Slide42ADaniel Hall at SpeakersCruiseFree/ introduced us to a way of travelling that really has changed our lives. How else would you take off for a 10 week dream trip around the world on board luxury cruise ships – and without being charged for being there?

Great shows, comfortable cabin with steward on call, good food (in fact so much you have to learn new disciplines) and passengers who want to buy you a drink and chat because they are so interested in what you have to say.

What is your dream? It probably involves blue skies, turquoise seas, luxury – and SpeakersCruiseFree/ can show you how to get it all.

If you are not already fulfilling your dreams by Cruising for free click HERE NOW! 

Happy cruisingFREE!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Big ship? Small ship?

by Andrew Johnson

We are now on the final leg of our cruise speaking round the world tour – free cruises thanks to

This a ship with only 600 passengers and I’m getting much better promotion on board than I’ve ever seen before.

So my tip to you is to have a selection of descriptions of your talks of different lengths – a single punchy sentence for use on the really big ships, through to a 4 line paragraph giving more description for use on the 800 passenger or smaller ships.

And if you are not already cruising free click here now!

Happy cruising


Monday, May 23, 2011

See Inside the Real Fast Book Program

See what Real Fast Book is all about by somebody who actually owns it and gives you a sneak peek at what many others have found to be a great system for getting their book published and selling.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My first time

by Andrew Johnson

Tomorrow we board a ship with a new company – well new to us. This will be our first cruise with them. Thanks to Daniel Hall at

Kauai Wailua FallsNaturally I want to do a good job. I want them to invite me back – and I want to leave a good impression to reflect well on all the rest of you in this free cruising network of ours.

So I did my homework. I listened to Daniel’s advice (I always do). I checked with the enrichment officer at the line’s HQ to see if they have a preferred or (mandatory!) style for PowerPoint presentations, and what else they expect of their speakers. Some have very clear guidelines. So it’s always important to check. Winking smile

I have a good reputation. Speakers Cruise Free has a good reputation. Every time any one of us cruises free the reputation of the rest of us depends on how well we do.

I intend to do well – for my sake – and for yours!

To find out more about cruising free click here.

Happy cruising FREE,



Friday, May 13, 2011

Where in the World

by Andrew Johnson

Where would you like to go?

No really – where in the world would you like to visit?

Does it have a port city? If so there’s a very good chance that cruise ships call – and that Daniel Hall’s can get you there – FREE!!Vancouver Gastown Steam Clock

We are now in Vancouver, well into our round the world trip. We are cruising (some would say “bumming”) our way back from Sydney and are now in Vancouver.

Fancy joining us?

Click HERE  to find out more

Happy cruising FREE




Saturday, May 07, 2011

On being flexible

By Andrew Johnson

Today is day 7 of our cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver. The second leg of our Trans-Pacific adventure and our round the world cruise free travels.

Kailua Kona 2But tomorrow, day 8, will be our first sea day. We  have spent the last wonderful week touring the islands of Hawaii. So, apart from Seattle we have already had all our port days.

This posed a scheduling problem for the destination talks. So we agreed to present Pacific islands relevant talks on port days and have them run on the ship’s stateroom TV system.

To make that work well I re-jigged a number of Honolulu 2my images and added more bullet points.

The feedback has been outstanding!

Flexibility – that and knowing your subject are the keys to good preparation.

Are you already cruising free the way?

If not – click here NOW!

Happy cruising – Free!



Vote For Your Favorite Speakers Cruise Free Contest Entry

Just got up... was up late reading entries in the Speakers Cruise Free contest which closed at midnight last night.

We really got some fabulous entries... in fact I am very impressed with the quality of some of them.

I am interested in your opinion too... if you go to you can "like" your favorite entries by clicking on the "like" icon at the bottom of each comment. Thanks.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lifelong Learning

We are now in Honolulu at the end of the first of the 3 cruises that are bringing us back to Europe from Sydney Australia.


And we’ve had another excellent speaker on board. These passengers got great value for money.

We have both learned from one another – style, design, posture, relationships. A great learning experience that will enhance my speaking further – and his too I know!

To join us cruising FREE click HEREHonolulu 2 NOW!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Have You Entered to Cruise Free?

A few days ago I told you about a way to
win my newly updated Speak on Cruise Ships
training and perhaps even line up a free
cruise for yourself with my "Speakers
Cruise Free Contest."

My Question: Have you entered?

Its free -->

The entry deadline is a week from tomorrow
so don't let this golden opportunity sail
on by.

Even if you are not interested in entering
go check out the entries in the comments at and "Like" your
favorites (you'll see a little thumbs up icon
at the bottom of each entry/comment).

Also, you should know that I am taking
my "Speak On Cruise Ships" training off
the market soon to give all my clients
a chance to get absorbed into the various
enrichment programs.

So if you have ever wanted my cruise
speaker training and don't want to run
the risk of not winning you can still
grab a copy. Details are also at

I've never offered a free opportunity
to win my newly updated "Speak on Cruise Ships"
training. So all I can say is "make hay while
the sun is shining" -->

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Win My Speak on Cruise Ships Training

Would you like a chance to cruise free
and even win a copy of my critically
acclaimed training "Speak on Cruise Ships"?

If so, you've got to check out my new
"Speakers Cruise Free" contest. Its
free to enter -->

I've never done anything this crazy
before -- you simply must check this out

You should know there is a deadline to
enter so don't dilly-dally.

Honestly, I have NEVER offered a chance
to win my newly updated "Speak on Cruise
Ships" program before. This is a golden,
no-strings attached, no purchase necessary,

If you are serious about discovering how-to
trade you speaker talents for free luxury
cruises then set sail right NOW --

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kangaroos & Tasmanian Devils

Sunrise Over Sydney Opera House

An adventure to remember !!! --- Cruising around the south of Australia, including the state of Tasmania, and New Zealand. Eighteen days in the Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea, and Atlantic -- into ports that are as exotic in person as they are in travel brochures. Through the fiord-like sounds of New Zealand where the mountains run right down into the sea - and visits to remote Maori village to see the people who seemed so strange and far away in the movie Whale Rider. And -- And -- And -- being treated as a celebrity all over the magnificent Rhapsody of the Seas and where ever we made a chance encounter with cruisers in the ports. Thanks to Daniel and the wonderful staff at Speakers Cruise Free and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Postcard from the South Pacific

This is day 8 on our exciting Transpacific cruise. We’ve crossed the international date line and enjoyed April 18th all over Bora Bora

On Monday we were in Fiji, paradise! And then Haiti and French Polynesia, before turning north towards Hawaii.

And this is free!! Thanks to Daniel Hall’s system we are cruising FREE!

If you are not already cruising with us free click here now.

Happy cruising FREE! And sunshine from the South Pacific



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why do they pay?

Kathy and I are on the first sea day of two back to back cruises across the Pacific. The first cruise takes us from Sydney, Australia to Fiji, then on the the islands of French Polynesia. From there we sail north to Honolulu.

Fiji 3As well as me (I’m the enrichment speaker) we have a great destination speaker and enhancement and craft lecturers. Why do they pay a daily charge of $45 to their speaker agency? Just think on this 17 day cruise that’s nearly $600. After all Kathy and I are CRUISING FREE thanks to Daniel Hall’s system at

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

Happy cruising free.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy cruising Eileen

By Andrew Johnson

I don’t hold back when I’m speaking to friends and acquaintances about FREE CRUISING!

Why would I? DANIEL HALL at SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM has introduced us to a wonderful way to sail the world’s seas, while the cruise companies pay.Silver Cloud Silver Whisper Sisters

So yesterday I was talking again with a good friend, who was asking about the wonderful round the world trip that we are about to enjoy. Eileen said that she had been thinking about the opportunity. She is about to retire from the education sector and would love to use some of her new free time to do what we do.

So naturally I put her in touch with DANIEL. Well I’m not going to keep this sort of secret to myself!

If you would like to join us CRUISING the world FREE click HERE  - but do it now!

Happy cruising Eileen - FREE!!!



Thursday, March 17, 2011

One small step around the world

By Andrew Johnson

It seems a long time now since I took the small step of contacting DANIEL HALL  at SPEAKERS CRUISE FREE.COM.

Since then we have travelled the world on free cruises.

One step. That’s all it took.Welcome Scan

To start your journey click HERE now! 

A small step to a world of opportunities.

Happy cruising – FREE.



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Always offer more

From Andrew Johnson

Each cruise speaker contract specifies what we are expected to do – and, of course what we are not expected to do (damage the reputation of the line for example).

I always ensure I understand those criteria – and then make sure I over-deliver.

1) I use great quality images, usually from educational or tourist board sources, who are delighted to provide them for this purpose.

2) I reflect the cruise line positively Penguins– for example I include their latest developments in my “Grand Tour” talk, which looks at the development of tourism; and I do the same in my “Green Ticket” talk that studies how tourism can reduce its impact on the environment.

3) I NEVER argue with the cruise team – and only ever talk positively in front of other passengers. If I have a problem, or see one elsewhere I have a very private conversation with my contact, away from prying eyes.

As a result I have managed to achieve beneficial change and am a respected and sought after cruise speaker. How did I get here? How do I manage to CRUISE FREE several times a year?

Click HERE to find out.


Happy cruising – FREE,


Monday, March 07, 2011

Thinking of Others

From Andrew & Kathy Johnson

Helping HandsThis has been a troubled few weeks in the world. A massive earthquake in New Zealand, unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, storms in the southern states – and so much more!!

We are so grateful that we are in a position to help – albeit in such a small way.

As we CRUISE FREE we will contribute a portion of what we save on normal vacation costs to help others.

Perhaps some others will want to do the same?


Andrew & Kathy



Monday, February 28, 2011

What a gift

by Andrew Johnson

When Kathy and I started CRUISING FREE we offered a true “two for the price of one” deal, where both of us were speaking. We needed only one cabin,  meaning that the cruise companies had an extra revenue earning cabin to put on sale.Atlantic Dolphins

This was a sweet deal for them and it really got us established as able and popular CRUISE  SPEAKERS.

Now that we are both established we no longer both need to work. Did I say “work”? You must understand that cruising the SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM  way we speak for less than an hour and usually only on sea days. So just 3 or 4 times a cruise is typical.

As I was saying – now that we are established we no longer both need to work. Typically now we travel on my “ticket”.

So Kathy’s gift to me is some of the research on my topics and to find new royalty free images for my PowerPoint presentations.

And my gift to Kathy is to prepare outstanding talks – and of course the free cruise that results.

What a gift!

If you are not already signed up to SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM click HERE now!

Happy cruising – FREE.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Bearing Gifts

By Andrew Johnson

It doesn’t need to be much – but it’s surprising what a small gesture can do.

When I first met DANIEL HALL of SPEAKERSCRUISEFREE.COM he told me that he always takes a small gift for the contacts on board.

Since then we have taken coasters, bookmarks, copies of one of my books etc. as a way Spanish mugof marking our arrival. At the welcome on board meeting I hand over some small gift to our contact and usually it becomes a talking point throughout the cruise. I’ve seen our coffee mug or fridge magnet prominently displayed in the cruise staff office.

And it gets remembered. I have occasionally sent a signed copy of one of my books to the Cruise Director and to the Captain. We’ve been invited to the bridge, to the Captain’s table for dinner, to exclusive cocktail parties (make sure you have your best dinner suit with you!). And on  one ship the Captain who we had met on an earlier cruise on another ship noticed my name and mentioned me in his welcome on board address, encouraging passengers to come to my talks, which he “always thoroughly enjoyed”.

It costs so little to make an impact.

Are you CRUISING  FREE  yet? If not click HERE  now to find out more.

Happy cruising FREE.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Don’t believe everything you read!

Just a tip … as we all know in our hearts, not everything we read on Wikipedia is true. Yes! Yes! I know – it may sound like a calumny. But even with the founder’s very best effort not everything can be verified.

P7280157I only say this because I know that some speakers have been tempted to work word for word from a single source. Whatever your source, do check – unless you truly are the expert to whom everyone else would turn for the most reliable version.

Check a few different sources. Make sure it stacks up. There could be little more embarrassing than finding out that folks in the audience don’t just know more than you – but consider you a fraud.

I once saw a cruise speaker tie himself in knots following a question from one of the audience who clearly knew far more about the Counts of Barcelona than he did. Why pretend to be an expert if you are not. He could easily have chosen so many other Catalan topics where safe and reliable facts are easily available.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reap what you Sow

I am rather persistent I have to admit. And that determination has helped me so often in my business life – and as we CRUISE FREE with SPEAKERS CRUISE FREE.COM.

6 months ago I contacted one of the “6 star” cruise lines on the books of DANIEL HALL to request a May sailing. The coordinator there told me, very politely, that this departure was already allocated, but that he would contact me if there was another opportunity. That might have been code for an outright rejection.

Never one to give up I sent the contact one of our charming Christmas cards Mediterranean Highlights 2007 130and thought no more about it. On Tuesday evening we were hosting a superb dinner party here and I popped into my office to check the diary. As I did so an email came in from the contact there offering me any of 3 amazing itineraries. And – get this – air, gratuities and on-board drinks are included! Plus discounts on other purchases on board.

We selected the one that we could make and I already have the contract and air travel details.

So naturally I thanked them for remembering me, to be told that with such an impressive presentation, DVD and follow up he knew he was onto a good thing!

The presentation is based on the DANIEL HALL model at SPEAKERS CRUISE FREE.COM. I just personalised it and followed through.

Thank you DANIEL!

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