Guest Lecturer Credentials

I’m an internationally known travel writer, entertaining speaker who enjoys making presentations, and member of the International Travel Writer’s Alliance.

I started public speaking in high school, frequently addressing the entire student body of 3,000, which cured any possible stage fright I would ever have.

In my career as an advertising copywriter and Creative Director for over 45 years, I’ve made hundreds of presentations for ads, radio and TV scripts to clients, even singing jingles and acting out scenes from commercials. Those clients included Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, VISA, Levi Strauss, Intuit, Oracle, PwC, Safeway, Del Monte, Porsche, and dozens more.

I was also a member of Business Network International (BNI) for more than 14 years where I spoke weekly to about 50 people and presented at bi-annual conventions to over 400 members. This organization is similar to Toastmasters.

More importantly, as a prolific travel writer and “Scuba Storyteller” for the past 30 years, I’ve become an in-demand Special Interest speaker after writing more than 2,600 blogs, articles, and newsletters, including over 1,500 about travel and another 200 about scuba.

I’m sailed aboard Sitmar Cruises (decades ago), Crystal, Silversea and Princess. Recently, I’ve made these travel-writing presentations as a guest lecturer –– and all are infused with my dry humor:

June 4, 2023,, Long Beach, CA
Topic title: “Blogging About Bubbles: A 13-Step, Real-Time Workshop”.
This is the world’s largest scuba-related travel convention, attracting 10,000 consumers annually.
Note: I have submitted three new presentations for Scuba Show 2024 in Los Angeles in June.
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January 12, 2024, Northern California Underwater Photographic Society, San Francisco, CA
Topic title: “Blogging About Bubbles: A 13-Step, Real-Time Workshop”.
An active club since 1957, NCUPS promotes interest in underwater photography and video while promoting awareness of the underwater environment and pertinent ecological issues.
Watch on Vimeo:

January 24, 2024, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Tiburon, CA
Topic title: “Travel Writing: How to Get Published – A 13-Step, Real-Time Workshop”.
Belvedere and Tiburon, located north of San Francisco in Marin County, are two of America’s wealthiest communities. The former has a median home value of $7.5 million; the latter’s is $2.8 million.  

February 18, 2024, Sky Princess, Princess Cruises, Western Caribbean and Mexico
Travel Writing: How to Get Published, A 13-Step, Real-Time Workshop”
This was my first presentation as a cruise ship guest lecturer.

My Bio:
Gil Zeimer is a dynamic speaker who has been a creative sole for nearly 50 years, first as a highly skilled advertising writer, then as a highly prolific travel writer. He has published more than 2,600 blogs, including over 1,500 about travel and another 200 as scuba-related articles, newsletters, and websites.

He is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. In addition, he was a featured speaker at Scuba Show 2023 in Long Beach, CA, the world’s largest consumer scuba convention, and has proposed multiple presentations for 2024.

His stories have appeared in the S.F. Chronicle, L.A. Times, Marin IJ, Adweek Magazine, Scuba Times, Alert Diver, Sport Diver, Adventure Journal, Dive Pacific,, and He and his wife Ellen Young live in San Rafael.

Read my longer travel blogs:

Read an overview of my travel writing articles:

Read an archive of my scuba-related stories:


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