“James Delgado’s presentation was excellent. I thought he hit the target for our audience, which consisted of 1500 people, mostly families. The program was very informative, and presented in a way that made people feel that James really appreciates what he is doing and enjoys sharing it with others. I heard the term “inspiring” by several people when asked how they liked the program.”

– Kevin Schindler, 2006 Flagstaff Festival of Science participant –

Jim has been an invited speaker at conferences, media events and public presentations throughout his career. He has given hundreds of live presentations to audiences ranging from a few dozen to a few thousand.

Jim’s public speaking career began at the same time the archaeology bug bit him – when he was a teenager. After taking every public speaking course he could in High School, a tenure on the debate team, Student Congress, and in extemporaneous public speaking competitions, Jim won the Optimist’s Club’s public speaking award in 1973 for a speech entitled “Listen, World.” The Optimists selected the title – Jim had to write and deliver a speech using that title as the guiding theme. Decades later, Jim cannot remember what he said, only the opening remarks – “Listen, World” with three loud knocks, a dramatic effect recommended by Jim’s father, Bob. It obviously worked. A second prize contest, a historical narration for the Native Sons of the Golden West, secured another prize in 1974.

“So, what’s new?”

Jim’s friends joke that all it takes is a nickel in his ear to get him to talk; actually he does for free, and often, to unsuspecting friends and family, who have learned 1) to never ask the open question, “what’s new?” or 2) “tell me about your latest project.” In all seriousness, Jim is highly sought as a speaker and is represented by the National Speakers Bureau. Unfortunately for some, he’s not for free unless it is a talk to or for disadvantaged youth or a few other causes near and dear to his heart like autism, cancer, or literacy.

“Thank you again for your fascinating presentation on the world of underwater archaeology. The examples you chose covered a broad spectrum of human history and … your personal involvement in these “finds” really added to the impact of this presentation on our members.” – Elder College –


Travel and Exploration

Jim’s presentations include illustrated talks on his adventures and dives, historical essays on subjects he has researched, such as Titanic, USS Arizona and the Pearl Harbor attack, the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, the quest for the Northwest Passage, or the California Gold Rush, to name a few. He also makes presentations to business groups and organizations on subjects such as “What It Takes to Stay Afloat: Success in Business and at Sea” and presentations on leadership.

Jim’s passion for travel and exploration has also led to several years of a successful partnership with Zegrahm Expeditions in Seattle, Washington who are award-winning leaders in expedition, environmental, cultural and archaeological travel. Jim has served as onboard lecturer on Zegrahm chartered vessels around the world, joined by his wife Ann. Jim’s travels with Zegrahm have taken him to the decks of the Titanic, and to Vietnam, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Malta, and Italy. Jim’s times with Zegrahm have also included his serving as group leader for the Explorer’s Club Travels and the Archaeological Institute of America. Jim invites any and all to join him on a Zegrahm trip.

“We are all very thankful for your contribution to the enrichment of our evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and found your explorations and adventures fascinating. I am sure that every one of us dreams of being an undersea archaeologist – but you do it! And you do a masterful job at it.”– David R. Podmore, President and Chief Executive Officer, Concert Properties Ltd.-

To book James Delgado for a speaking presentation, visit the National Speakers Bureau website at www.nsb.com.