Tour Pro Talks needs you!

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On my weekly LinkedIn Live broadcast this week, I’ll be speaking to Daniela Robinson about how learning German can be a key factor in offering German guests a 5-star experience.

I’m looking forward to this for two reasons. Firstly, I’ve been following Daniela on LinkedIn for some time, and I know she’s got heaps of fascinating things to say on the subject. Secondly, this is the tenth instalment in my Tour Pro Talks series. And that’s cause for a little celebration, don’t you think?

If you work in tourism and/or you’ve got something to say that might interest your colleagues, then read on – I need your help!

Daniela Robinson, German teacher for tour guides and professionals in tourism and culture

Then and now

People often congratulate me on having the idea for Tour Pro Talks, but I can’t take the credit. It was the brain-child of my amazing business mentor, Rachael Roberts.

When Rachael first suggested it, my first thought was, quite frankly, ‘Eek!’ The thought of hosting a live video interview was terrifying (How on earth would I find interviewees? Who would watch? How would I handle the tech?) but I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did.

The first episode went amazingly well. I was blessed with a fantastic interviewee (trekking guide, Birman Tamang). We had a supportive audience and both felt completely buoyed by the positivity we were met with.

The broadcast was amazing, and I felt very comfortable during it even though hundreds of people were watching us. The comments and questions showed that there was so much interest in hearing from guides, and wow, I felt so much love from the audience.

Birman Tamang

A lot has changed since that first broadcast. I think (hope!) my interviewing skills are evolving. My confidence on StreamYard has increased too (I’ve come a long way since the first episode when I got my teenage son to copy the comments by hand and pass them to me on bits of paper – doh!)

And we’ve had so many amazing guests and topics. From food tours to visitor-centred experiences, from archaeology tours to finding your video voice, each broadcast has been packed full of information and insights. What with all this, and the lovely comments from viewers, it really does feel like a celebration of all that is good in this wonderful industry.

Could you be my next guest?

I’m keen to continue with Tour Pro Talks for as long as I possibly can. I know there are no shortage of fascinating people to talk to, and the feedback I’ve had to date suggests that viewers value:

  • learning from international tourism professionals
  • getting juicy takeaways they can apply to their own context
  • the chance to connect with a supportive community of professionals in the comments

You don’t even need to work specifically in the tourism industry, as long as you can share something that is relevant to the people who work in it. For example, I had very positive feedback about my most recent LinkedIn Live with confidence-on-video coach, Ashley Griffiths, who shared valuable tips on how tour professionals can conquer camera-shyness and make compelling videos.

As long as your story can inspire, support and enlighten the audience, then anything goes.

What’s in it for you?

For some of my guests, appearing on Tour Pro Talks is a huge confidence booster. If you’ve never done it before, being interviewed live is scary! But the buzz you feel afterwards is huge.

Others just love having the opportunity to talk about their work.

And others still find it a useful way to get themselves in front of a new audience (several have made new connections and picked up new leads from the experience).

And, did I mention, you also get a lovingly-crafted badge you can pin to your website?

If you’re keen to find out more, download the FAQs leaflet below. And get in touch for more info.

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