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As I’ve said before and will continue to remind the Tourism Industry; to be a tour guide is to be so many things.
Tour guides are educators, entertainers, anthropologists, cultural translators, couples counselors (every tour guide has war stories about “the fighting couple” on their tours…), psychologists, social connectors, hosts, etc.
And they’re often ALSO archeologists, historians, art historians, museum docents, safety-certified, and more impressive accreditations.
All this to say, guides are highly skilled, highly niche workers. To set yourself apart, and stand out to potential clients and employers, you’ll want to keep your skills sharp and keep growing as a guide.
In this article, I’ll list out specific skills that you can (& should) actively develop, whether you’re a new guide or have 15+ years under your belt.
Other Relevant Skills
There are many more ways to round out your skillset and are usually very easy to find resources for (Ted Talks, podcasts, books, etc). In fact, looking outside of tourism can help you develop skills that you might not have thought of but are super useful to a guide.