to get selected by the cruise lines...
your research first. Do not blindly mail out costly press
kits or application packets. Read the information throughout
the cruise companies' Websites (see our
page). Find out if there are specific guidelines for
if you have previously submitted materials, try reorganizing,
updating, and resubmitting your presentation to fit the current
needs of the cruise companies. Research the demographics
of the onboard audience, and learn which ports and destinations
will be visited by the vessel.
titles of your topics to suit this particular group, with a one
to two sentence description of content. Clear, powerful titles
are a big aid in drawing an audience, and catching the eye of
those reviewing your material. Do not send a pamphlet geared to
corporate or business topics. Cruise guests are interested in
on your presentation style. A good speaker must have
an entertaining, dynamic style of delivery, and this is particularly
important on a cruise ship. Use humor and plan to involve the audience.
Participation and interaction are always a hit.
resume / brochure, letters of recommendation and photos are important,
but your detailed outline of your presentations for the cruise
guests is what counts. Begin with a proposal for a special
program for the cruise. List five or six topics with interesting
titles, then a short two to three sentence description of content
for each topic. A typical onboard presentation is 40-45 minutes
in length. Plan to use up-to-date visuals whenever possible, and
remember that handouts are desirable and helpful.
a great videotape. Send a copy that can be kept--not the original!
It can be a self-made video recorded by an associate or a friend,
and can reveal a more personal, less business sidewhich
is important to the atmosphere aboard ship.
times, finding another presenter to share a cabin and a
speaking role can increase your chances of cruising. Offering
yourself as a team benefits the cruise company twofold.
all of the assembled written work at one time in a large, flat
envelope. This makes it easier to handle, and is appreciated.
your passport now, and start thinking about your cruise wardrobe.
Many invitations become available with little notice, so have
your suitcase ready.
needs and changes occur constantly. Update your file with new
topics, titles and ideas. Expand old topics and develop new ones
for other areas of the world. Do your research now and be ready
when the timing is best!
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