How to Lead a Guided Tour

The Public Speaker has the do's and don'ts of leading a guided tour.  Learn how to engage your group and make them want to come back for more. 

Lisa B. Marshall
5-minute read
Episode #215

The Don'ts of a Great Tour Guide

Tip #1: Steer clear of politics. It may be tempting to make a political statement when it seems relevant, but you can offend your audience and get yourself into trouble by doing so. 

Tip #2: Don’t make culturally insensitive comments. If you’re unsure whether a comment about a group’s history or culture will offend or not, talk to someone in charge beforehand. If this isn’t possible, play it safe and leave the comment out.

Tip #3: Don’t walk or talk too fast. Make sure your group is keeping up with your walking pace as well as your speaking pace.

Tip #4: Don’t go over your time allotment. If the tour scheduled to run for 90 minutes, make sure you’re done in that time frame.

Whether you’re leading a tour through your company headquarters, a college campus, the local zoo or a museum, use these tips will make your tour a great experience for everyone..

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About the Author

Lisa B. Marshall

Lisa B. Marshall Lisa holds masters with duel degrees in interpersonal/intercultural communication and organizational communication. She’s the author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Success in Every Situation, as well as Ace Your Interview, Powerful Presenter, and Expert Presenter. Her work has been featured in CBS Money Watch, Ragan.com, Woman's Day, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many others. Her institutional clients include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard University, NY Academy of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Genentech, and Roche.

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