The Biggest Lesson I Learned While Cruising

April 4, 2017 by Mitch Taylor

Mitch Taylor Taylored Sales The Biggest Lesson I Learned While CruisingIn 1995, I had a job opportunity to work for Carnival Cruise Lines on board ship.  It was a huge risk for a kid who grew up in a log cabin in a town of 450 people.  In a matter of two days, I got on my first plane, traversed my first airport, stayed in my first hotel by myself and boarded my first cruise ship by myself.  I had only worked in radio and had very little experience at that time performing in front of crowds.  However, my tenure at Carnival Cruise Lines helped shape the DJ I am today.  I share my biggest challenge with you now.   


My social host on board ship was a man named Troy Linton.  Troy saw me come on board with just a VCR, the MTV Party To Go CDs and clothes.  He saw me DJ in the disco on board and immediately issued a challenge that would completely change the trajectory of my career as a DJ.  It went something like this “Wait….you’re a DJ and you can’t mix?!”


This sounded like a challenge to me.  I immediately started learning.  I had heard of “BPMs” yet my tools were primitive.  I only had one side of a Denon 2000F that worked, 1 Technics 1200 that worked and a Carver tape deck.  My first mix was Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes The Hotstepper” into Montel Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”.  I taught myself and grew my skills.  I’d like to thank Troy Linton for challenging me to grow in my skill sets.  


Who do you owe a thank you to?  Who has challenged you to grow beyond your current (at the time) capabilities.  Post on Facebook with the hashtag #MBChallenge and I will draw one lucky winner to receive a copy of the new revised and expanded version of the book “Sales 4 Event Pros”.

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Meet Mitch Taylor: A Jeffrey Gitomer Certified Advisor and a member of the National Speakers Association, Mitch has impacted thousands over the course of his career, through interactive workshop instruction, sales mentoring, educational podcasts & personal coaching. Mitch is the author of the book Sales 4 Event Pros, and has written articles for several industry publications including Promo Only, DJNews, and Mobile Beat. Mitch regularly hosts #LiveAt755, your Daily Motivational Kick Start every weekday at 7:55am on his Facebook Feed. To get yours go to Mitch is also one half of the Creating Connections team with Certified Personality Trainer Vickie Musni. Together they have written Creating Connections: 31 Days To Building Stronger & Deeper Relationships and host a weekly podcast entitled Creating Connections.

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