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Episode 31 – Interpretation Tips for Tour Guides – Interpreting Culture, the Environment, History and Heritage

5/5/2017
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The curious thing is, many tour leaders have never encountered the term ‘interpretation’ Well, for starters, we are not talking about interpretation between languages or other types of translation services. Those are a skill unto themselves – but not what we… The post Episode 31 – Interpretation Tips for Tour Guides – Interpreting Culture, the Environment, History and Heritage appeared first on Be a Better Guide.

Duration: 00:13:09


Episode 30 – Common Mistakes Made on Group Tours ft. Zipline Canopy Tours by South Park

4/19/2017
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Good satire is hard to come by. So when Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the award-winning creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon, decided to parody the common mistakes made on group tours – I got pretty excited.… The post Episode 30 – Common Mistakes Made on Group Tours ft. Zipline Canopy Tours by South Park appeared first on Be a Better Guide.

Duration: 00:12:37


Episode 30 – Common Mistakes made on Group Tours – Zipline Tours Gone Wrong (ft South Park)

4/18/2017
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Good satire is hard to come by. So when Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the award-winning creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon, decided to parody the common mistakes made on group tours – I got pretty excited.… The post Episode 30 – Common Mistakes made on Group Tours – Zipline Tours Gone Wrong (ft South Park) appeared first on Be a Better Guide.

Duration: 00:07:51


Episode 29 – The 3 jobs you need to know if you want to travel the world and get paid!! Tourism Jobs

12/4/2016
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Ever wanted to travel the world and get paid? Does the sound of staying at fine hotels and eating at exquisite restaurants around the world appeal to you? Do you love people and always being on the road? Then you… The post Episode 29 – The 3 jobs you need to know if you want to travel the world and get paid!! Tourism Jobs appeared first on Be a Better Guide.

Duration: 00:10:19


EP21 What Bill Clinton can teach us about being an exceptional tour guide

12/4/2016
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Duration: 00:08:43


Episode 19 – A few things your clients never ask on tour, but secretly want to know

10/13/2016
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After spending hundreds of dollars on ‘mind-reading, wearable tech’ from sketchy online stores, I will be the first to tell you that mind reading technology has not yet arrived. However, after leading tours for almost ten years now, I’ve been able to pick up on a few questions that clients never ask on tour. These will not be surprising for many of you, but here is why I think they are important: 1) It is great service to pre-emptively answer a question before it is asked! 2) It...

Duration: 00:00:58


Episode 17 – How to make your tours more interactive Be a Better Guide insights – Tour Guide Training

10/13/2016
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Today we talk about how to make tours more interactive. Keeping the attention of your group is one of your biggest challenges as a tour guide, tour leader or tour director. On any given tour the leader is doing the majority of the speaking, and so it is especially important to think of creative ways to get your audience to participate. You should never treat your tour like a lecture and even the most powerful and interesting tour guides on the planet, will always benefit by having some...

Duration: 00:07:13


Episode 14 – How to Avoid Burnout as a Tour Guide. How to keep up your Enthusiasm on Tour

10/13/2016
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It is a hard thing to lead a tour with no energy… when you have almost no enthusiasm left in your body. This week we finally tackle the tough question of how do you avoid burnout as a tour guide? This is one of the most common questions I’ve received from tour leaders around the world and it is one of the biggest challenges we can face. You don’t have to be a tour leader for very long during a busy peak season to understand how much energy you need as a tour guide. And we all know that...

Duration: 00:12:24


Episode 13 – How to Handle Cultural Differences as a Tour Guide (i.e. Tips for Intercultural Exchanges on Tour)

10/13/2016
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Everyday, tour guides and tour leaders face the challenge of how to handle cultural differences. It is our job to educate, entertain and inspire travels and allow them to appreciate different parts of the world. In many ways, we are cultural translators ourselves. We explain things that might be difficult to understand and point out things that travellers may otherwise miss. The other side of the coin, however, is that we as guides and presenters, first have to bridge that...

Duration: 00:08:52


Episode 12 – How to use Periscope for Your Business & Using Pericope to Promote your Tour

10/13/2016
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You may have heard about live streaming apps already, but have you ever wondered how to use Periscope for your business? Can it really be used to promote your tour and drive more sales?? In this video, I answer that question with a resounding yes! I’ll also explain why I think that tour guides are uniquely positioned to kick butt at live streaming and grow their potential customer base. Periscope is about to take the tourism industry by storm and I want you to be ready. Finished...

Duration: 00:15:49


Episode 11 – How to Get Your Voice Ready for Tour – Vocal Warm up Exercises

10/13/2016
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Tour Leaders and public speakers of all kinds know that their voice is the most important tool in their toolbox. That’s why this week we are focusing on how to get your voice ready for tour and sharing a number of our favourite vocal warm-up exercises. As a treat for you, we are featuring a special guest: Rocco, an experienced guide from the Netherlands. Not only is Rocco a great guide but he has also been a performer, actor, and dancer ever since he was eight years old. Rocco sent in...

Duration: 00:09:41


Episode 10 – How to Keep your Tour Running on Time Insider Guide Tips

8/14/2016
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This week, guides of the world ask: How to Keep your Tour Running on Time ? Well, my friends, you are not alone. This is one of the most common questions I am asked here at Be a Better Guide and a challenge we must all continually face. Luckily, over the years I’ve learned how to adjust my wording and behaviour, so that guests know exactly what happens on my tours: We leave on time – ALWAYS. By handling this right early on in your tour, you will set a great precedent, plus you will...

Duration: 00:05:59


Episode 9 – Profile Photo Tips for Tour Guides – The Perfect Profile Shot for Tourism

8/14/2016
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There is a pretty good chance that your tour guide profile photo isn’t very good… It’s nothing personal, it’s just that almost all tour guides have bad profile photos. As I look back, almost 100% of my own profile photos were terrible too! In a moment, I’m going to share some profile photo tips. The problem is that most profile pictures are treated as something of an afterthought. Often times we only spend 30-40 seconds looking around our computer and choosing from the photos we happen...

Duration: 00:06:31


Episode 7 – Tour Guide Jobs – How to get a job as a tour guide Tips for getting a job as a travel guide

8/10/2016
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Tour Guide Jobs Let’s start with some good news. The overall number of tour guide jobs is growing globally, and the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) reports that global tourism continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy! When asking how to get a job as a tour guide, I believe there are at least 7 questions you will need to ask yourself first. This video will go through those questions one by one! I also share some insights into looking for a...

Duration: 00:10:46


Episode 4 – How to be a funny tour guide and How to give a funny tour Tour Guide Training

8/9/2016
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Today’s Tour Guide Training? How to be a funny tour guide and how to give a funny tour. Being funny is one of those traits that many incredible tour guides seem to share. You don’t have to be funny to be a great guide, but a well placed joke or a good hearted jab can really make your tour a lot more fun. People love laughing, being surprised and hearing about absurd people and places. A great tour is ultimately a form of entertainment and it is worth it to figure out how you can...

Duration: 00:06:35


Episode 3 – How to Be a Better People Person – Tips for Tour Guides

8/9/2016
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The question of how to be a better people person is one that every tour guide should ask themselves regularly. So how to be a better people person? I would make the case that great social skills are one of the top characteristics that set incredible guides apart from ok guides. Even if you have an encyclopedic knowledge and are a powerful public speaker, you will still struggle as a tour leader if you cannot confidently interact with your guests. To help you with this quest, I’ve created...

Duration: 00:05:24


Episode 1 – What To Do with your Hands while Speaking Effective Hand Gestures for Tour Guides

8/8/2016
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If you ever look at video footage of some of the world’s most successful speakers, you’ll notice that they all have one thing in common: They use LOTS of hand gestures. An fantastic study done by the Science of People reviewed thousands of hours of the most and least popular TED talks. The least popular speakers on TED used an average of 272 hand gestures over their 18 minute talk, while the most popular TED speakers used an average of 465 hand gestures—that’s almost double! Other...

Duration: 00:09:21