Making technology work for you is a learned skill. While the learning curve may be steeper for some than others, everyone can learn and benefit from utilizing technology as a tour director.
Learn basic terminology, equipment, and how different types of technology relate to our jobs as tour directors. Once laid, this foundation will serve as a starting point from which the entire course will build.
Learn how to promote yourself, connect with tour operators, and get work.
Learn how to organize, route, research, and gather commentary, harnessing the power of technology.
Learn how to utilize Google Maps, Google My Maps, & Google Earth to plan for a tour so you look like you have been there many times.
Learn how to choose media content, create presentations, build your video and music libraries, and know the technical aspect of connecting your devices to the coach screens.
Learn how to to organize & edit tour content (commentary, itinerary, photos, maps, music, videos, games, handouts, presentations, etc.) and make it available and synced on all your devices, online or offline.
Learn how to connect with guests, plan for international/cruise/rail tours and prepare your personal life for being on the road.
Learn how to use the technology onboard the coach, connecting with the passengers, work with your tour operator, and deal with unexpected things that pop up.
Learn how to harness technology to simplify the paperwork that needs to be completed post-tour.
Create an action plan for prioritizing what tech to work on first and getting the ball rolling.
Take a minute to write down your personal lists of Fears/Benefits.
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