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Walking Tour Guiding

The theory behind how to create and lead walkings tour in your town or village.

Walking Tour Guiding

The theory behind how to create and lead walkings tour in your town or village.
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Walking tours are about experiences and can be deeply personal. They are also a lot more special than taking home a souvenir.
A walking tour is about feeling the town, hearing her stories and to get your guests excited about being in a new, interesting and exciting place.
Katrine Prince, who was one of my guide lecturers, told this story about Shula and her walking tour.
Here we take Shula's walk apart and look at each aspect of her walking tour.
Without a solid foundation of knowledge, no guide can ever be truly professional
It's normal to be nervous but you can take control of your body and your breathing to reduce your nerves.
What do you need in order to deliver a great walking tour?
What skills and qualities does a walking tour guide need to be professional?
Show your personality when guiding.  This will help your guests feel more at ease.
Remember, first impressions count.
What a guide shares on a walking tour is, of course, relevant to the reason and the theme of the walk, but here are the most relevant areas of knowledge to cover on a walking tour.
Learning how to present your tour with knowledge, enthusiasm, and skill will increase the enjoyment of both you and your guests.
We say so much with our bodies, so consider what non-verbal messages you are sending out when you guide.
Effective communication will give the guide an opportunity to share so much about their town and make the guides want to learn and experience even more.
Some ideas to put into action when leading a walking tour.
Be prepared and do a 'dry run' of your walking tour before you meet your group, so you can avoid as many of the barriers to effective communication as you possibly can.
Your voice is the most valuable tool when leading a walking tour - use it effectively and look after it to prevent injury to your vocal cords.
Use these tips to position yourself to be heard.
Assess your walk to know if it has been a success and amend as necessary.
Analysis of your own perceptions will help you become a better guide.
Understanding your group is paramount to ensuring your walking tour is a huge success.
Be really clear about what your visitors are expecting from their walking tour.
Positioning a group so they can see, or manage their movement to ensure they all get an opportunity to see what you are talking about, will ensure your group stays enthusiastic about your walking tour.
Gesturing with intention and clearly, will ensure your group knows exactly what you are showing them.
Some tips to ensure your visitor questions are answered for the benefit of the whole group.
There will always be t least one difficult customer - how do you manage them to prevent them having an impact on you and your group?
Now that you have the tools, it is time to put your walking tour together
Here are some simple steps and guidelines to help you create a walk that you will be able to deliver with ease and that your guests will enjoy.
It is always good to hear from those who guide for a living, what they think are points to remember when leading a walking tour. Here are some top tips from guides who have mostly worked in Europe, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Walking tours are a way to promote a town. A useful walking tour guide will let the town and the buildings tell their stories. Learning how to be the best tour guide and provide visitors an enjoyable experience, will not only help the local economy, but will also spread the word about the town, or the village.

Requirements

All you require to do this course is a passion for your town, village or site and a desire to want to know more about the tourism industry.

Walking tours are about experiences and can be deeply personal. They are also a lot more special than taking home a souvenir.
A walking tour is about feeling the town, hearing her stories and to get your guests excited about being in a new, interesting and exciting place.
Katrine Prince, who was one of my guide lecturers, told this story about Shula and her walking tour.
Here we take Shula's walk apart and look at each aspect of her walking tour.
Without a solid foundation of knowledge, no guide can ever be truly professional
It's normal to be nervous but you can take control of your body and your breathing to reduce your nerves.
What do you need in order to deliver a great walking tour?
What skills and qualities does a walking tour guide need to be professional?
Show your personality when guiding.  This will help your guests feel more at ease.
Remember, first impressions count.
What a guide shares on a walking tour is, of course, relevant to the reason and the theme of the walk, but here are the most relevant areas of knowledge to cover on a walking tour.
Learning how to present your tour with knowledge, enthusiasm, and skill will increase the enjoyment of both you and your guests.
We say so much with our bodies, so consider what non-verbal messages you are sending out when you guide.
Effective communication will give the guide an opportunity to share so much about their town and make the guides want to learn and experience even more.
Some ideas to put into action when leading a walking tour.
Be prepared and do a 'dry run' of your walking tour before you meet your group, so you can avoid as many of the barriers to effective communication as you possibly can.
Your voice is the most valuable tool when leading a walking tour - use it effectively and look after it to prevent injury to your vocal cords.
Use these tips to position yourself to be heard.
Assess your walk to know if it has been a success and amend as necessary.
Analysis of your own perceptions will help you become a better guide.
Understanding your group is paramount to ensuring your walking tour is a huge success.
Be really clear about what your visitors are expecting from their walking tour.
Positioning a group so they can see, or manage their movement to ensure they all get an opportunity to see what you are talking about, will ensure your group stays enthusiastic about your walking tour.
Gesturing with intention and clearly, will ensure your group knows exactly what you are showing them.
Some tips to ensure your visitor questions are answered for the benefit of the whole group.
There will always be t least one difficult customer - how do you manage them to prevent them having an impact on you and your group?
Now that you have the tools, it is time to put your walking tour together
Here are some simple steps and guidelines to help you create a walk that you will be able to deliver with ease and that your guests will enjoy.
It is always good to hear from those who guide for a living, what they think are points to remember when leading a walking tour. Here are some top tips from guides who have mostly worked in Europe, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

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Dawn Denton

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I am a trained teacher and am passionate about making a difference. In all the jobs I have had in tourism and teaching, the people I deliver a service to, have made me tick. Africa runs through my veins and the humanity of African culture has helped me understand the human soul.

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