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Tips to be a Good Tour Guide

Many factors can determine how enjoyable a holiday trip to a foreign country is to a traveller. Often, the people that the traveller interacts with that will make the biggest difference. These people include not only your immediate travel companions as well as hosts from the foreign country. These hosts can be service providers at an attraction or hotel or restaurant. It can also be local tour guides that play a bigger role in coordinating and conducting the whole trip. Here are some basic tips on how to be a good tour guide.

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How to be a Good Tour Guide

How to be a good tour guide

How to be a good tour guide

Develop Good Communication Skills

Communication is a big topic on its own, but the most basic communication component on how to be a good tour guide is to speak loudly and clearly. This is to ensure that everyone in your group, be it big or small, is able to hear you well. If your travellers are not native English speakers, please bear in mind that they will have have a harder time listening to you. As a guide, tour guides should always try to speak at a rate of 110 to 140 words per minute.      

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Improve your Interpersonal Skills 

Interpersonal skills are not only important and applicable to being a good tour guide. They are important life skills necessary for people from all walks of life. Again, the most basic interpersonal skill on how to be a good tour guide is having empathy. You are aware of what your tourists feel and understand what your tourists are experiencing. By being empathetic, you can provide better customer service to your travellers. In turn, this will create a wonderful travel experience for your travellers.   

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Handle Problems & Difficult Situations

 

Tour guiding is on the ground work, i.e. unforeseen sticky situations and things can happen. Sticky situations can range from tour members argument to medical emergencies. As a good tour guide, you will need to be able to handle these situations well. You will need to stay calm under pressure and act properly and promptly.

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Know the Local Attractions & Sites

To be a good tour guide, you need to research, research, research. Know your local attractions well. This could be about facts, figures, history, stories or anything actually. If you are unable to answer certain questions, always check and inform later. If you know your stuff, you will be passionate when delivering. This passion and enthusiasm can spread within the tour group!   

 

Professionalism

As with all other professions, there are some professional qualities to being a good tour guide. As a tour guide, your should always be early or punctual, never late. You should dress appropriately as you are representing your country. In addition, you should also be honest about your language proficiency, timing and pricing of your services. All these will contribute to a good and lasting first impression on your travellers. 

The above are basic tips on how to be a good tour guide. In order to delight your travellers and enhance the travel experience, take a look at the next post.

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The writer is a professionally trained tour guide in Singapore. She shares her learning journey from a good tour guide to a great tour guide!