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d 1 l 07 Characteristics Good Tour Guide

d 1 l 07 Characteristics Good Tour Guide

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S
ELECTIONS FROM
:
I
NTERPRETING FOR
C
ONSERVATION
 
A M
ANUAL FOR
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RAINING
L
OCAL
N
ATURE
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UIDES
 
7. Characteristics of a Good Tour Guide
 
Characteristics of a Good Tour Guide
 
© 2001 RARE Selections From Interpreting for Conservation, Page 2
 
TWENTY CHARICTARISTICS OF A GOOD GUIDE
 
A GOOD GUIDE:
1. Speaks Loudly and Clearly2. Uses Non-Verbal Communicationa) Smiles b) Makes eye contactc) Uses body language3. Acts Professionallya) Is punctual b) Greets touristsc) Is courteous and attentived) Dresses well4. Prepares in Advancea) Completes a site inventory b) Researchesc) Practices5. Provides Necessary Information for Touristsa) Informs visitors of the location, time, and length of tour  b) Informs visitors what they will need to bring and wear c) Informs visitors of park rules and special considerations6. Is a Good Naturalista) Uses binoculars b) Uses field guidesc) Can identify examples of all common species in the regiond) Takes advantage of teachable momentse) Knows the difference between a bird tour and a thematic tour *Refer to “Bird Watching Guide Characteristics”7. Knows the Audiencea) Learns about visitors between stops b) Uses visitor and universally relevant information to make examples more personal8. Helps the Tourists Learn by Themselves (Asks Questions)a) Asks questions b) Engages tourists in “Guided Discovery” (asks questions and gives hints to help tourists figure things out on their own)9. Has a “Message” for Every Tour a) Simple full-sentence “message” b) Message is original10. Prepares a Structure for Every Tour a) Uses an introduction, stops, and a conclusion b) Writes an outlinec) Stops exhibit attractive natural resources/appropriate examples of message11. Has a POW at the Beginning of Every Tour 12. Makes the Tour Dynamica) Uses games, activities, or demonstrations

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