Now is a great time to evaluate your personal style as a tour guide. Are you more of an educator or an entertainer? What is it that you’re really passionate about?
Taking stock and being aware of your tour guide style will be important to recognize so you can do any needed adapting while on-camera. For example, if you’re a guide with a big personality that relies a lot on wit and jokes, it might be TOO big on a small screen. In this case, you might choose to frame your whole body to accommodate.
Think about other things you typically do during your tour that you’ll have to be creative to translate online. For example, if you always connect guests with each other during the tour, how can you do that through the comment section?
You’ll also want to think about interaction which is a great way to make a virtual experience more engaging. It can be something as simple as having people comment where they are from at the beginning, or having them answer questions or do trivia during the experience.*
*You’ll have to think back to logistics in order to make your experience interactive. Will you have the ability to look at comments as you talk? What if someone if filming you or the camera is far away? Can you then hold a smaller device in your hand to check comments? Just one more thing to prepare ahead of time and then explain to guests how it will work.