Ever wondered how you can turn a city or town you love into an exciting experience for others?
As tourism increases with low cost travel deals you can turn your love of history, architecture or nature into a unique guided tour.
We’ll learn about how to find interesting stories and research local history fast.
I designed 5 modules plus resource sheets to be easily understood by absolute beginners.
We’ll learn about how stories about old buildings and famous visitors can be made into a great tour.
At the end of the course, you will be able to welcome visitors to your hometown with a one hour walking tour.
All you need is a voice and an interest in your home town to get started on putting together an interesting tour for visitors to enjoy.
Discover your storytelling style to give yourself a structure to write your tour around.
Tips on how to present yourself along with your content so visitors regard you as a tour leader while you welcome them to your home town
Pinpoint who you are writing for when scripting your tour and gather ideas of where your customers will come from.
Improve your own commitment to your goal by getting a big enough crowd for your first tour. Reach out to friends, co workers and families so you can get support for your project and make it a viable lifestyle small business or hobby. Be ready to set a date for your first tour.
How to look in familiar and unfamiliar places to find great stories and historical facts. Capture your unique 'take' on your hometown fast with ideas that match your voice. Get tested on where to look using this quiz.
Look for common dates - or periods like Victorian, Georgian, Saxon, Celtic to tell the story of each location. Find out any famous visits from monarchs or presidents in the past.
Research who marched through each location was it Romans, Saxons. Pioneers, Royalty or Soldiers.
Use the layers of social history from your research to tell the story.
Describe the passage of history through what you can see. Tell stories through the existence of who has walked through the key buildings at each locations.
Do a brainstorm of what you love for added ideas to nail what you are uniquely offering on your tour.
Set your stories around a particular Monarch, President or a historical period to give a bold clear theme.
Use the worksheet to look at other theme like battles, ghosts, or gardens.
Use this quiz to check through your name of the tour
Break down the whole tour into manageable chunks.
Use this guide to go through each location and build your description of a similar length and structure so visitors get into a rhythm with the tour.
Honour your skill in taking people to somewhere new.
Discover how the beginning and end there are exceptions to using a continuous style.
At the beginning of the tour let the visitors know what they are in for.
End the tour with your best lines and resources for onwards research.
Being creative in how you put together your dream locations helps you wow your visitors. Try these tips to pin point your great location.
Script each location to keep your visitors engaged. Plot your tour so you give clear directions and provide an enjoyable experience along your route.
Story telling engages your visitors and helps you plot your content for the tour. Use this quiz as ideas to formulate your best process.
Know how to keep a group connected to your topic during your tour.
Sometimes there is a need to fill in time as the timing of each location can depend on traffic and speed at which the group walks. Research and identify extra information that is not essential to tell the story of your tour and will improve your visitors experience of the destination.
Test your skills on how to control your visitors so everyone enjoys and gets Get the most out of your information and story telling during the tour
Use the layers of social history to tell the story and find the heart of your tour so you can find your theme.
Communicate in a style that is of help to the visitors. Be honest, listen to them, be open to their needs, empathise and validate their dreams
Don't be attached to them liking your course. Be transparent about your own needs too as they will spot if you need a sip of water, need to put on an extra layer or move the group to a quiet spot.
Story telling on an hour long tour can be dull if you do not bring the story to life. Test your ideas on how to bring the most out in your performance skill using this quiz.
Ideas on how you can keep your tour fresh to new visitors
Use these tips to boost your productivity so you produce the best tour possible in the shortest time
Theatre critic and writer with over 200 reviews published. I have had 2 reviews published with The Guardian, 3 Art reviews on the Saatchi Gallery website and blogged about the Edinburgh Fringe for Whatsonstage. I have won two writing awards from Oxfordshire Theatre Company and the Oxford Playhouse. I review regularly for Daily Information.