Monday, July 27, 2020

Podcast Number 416
Interview with Steve Brass of Street Smart Defense.
SHOW NOTES
As your clients return to their traveling adventures, or as you work in your home office, there is nothing better than knowing that you are prepared for the unexpected. Many people do not consider the possibility of becoming a victim of a crime until the worst happens. Having a wallet or purse stolen while you are on vacation is a disaster. You may lose all of your identification, cash, and credit cards. Imagine trying to check into your next hotel without cash, credit cards, or any form of identification. Steven Brass talks about how we can take simple precautions to avoid such disasters. Or, perhaps you are working in your home office and suddenly you discover an intruder standing right behind you. This is a frightening experience that may be avoided by simply developing an awareness of your surroundings. Steve talks about how you can develop that awareness with a few easy techniques.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Steve Brass's website - StreetSmartDefense.net
Call Steve to request more information on his seminars, classes, and speaking opportunities at (502) 822-4338
Email Steve at StreetSmartDefense@gmail.com
Check out Steve's book, "Self Defense For Busy People" on Amazon.

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Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Show #415 - The Future of Travel

Podcast Number 415
Interview with Catherine Heeg of Customized Management Solutions.
SHOW NOTES
Have you wondered what travel will look like after the Covid-19 virus winds down, or maybe even before? There are definite signs that the virus is speeding the development of technological innovations faster than anticipated. Your clients may encounter robots and artificial intelligence at hotels, theme parks, and airlines. Catherine Heeg and I talk about some of these innovations and how you can prepare your clients for a brave new world. In fact, you can use this information now to communicate with and stay connected to your clients. We also discuss some ways that you can start selling travel now and begin receiving some commission during the remaining months of 2020. You don't want to miss this show because it is packed full of ideas and information that you can use today. Something new happened during this show and that was that Catherine and I recorded video while producing the show. If you've wondered about the faces behind the voices then wonder no more. There is a link to the YouTube video posted below.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Customized Management Solutions - Catherine Heeg's website.
Catherine's Facebook page.
Catherine Heeg on Instagram
Catherine's previous appearances on the Home Based Travel Agent Show: Show 414, Show 391, Show 388, Show 364, Show 351, Show 334, Show 321, Show 317, Show 313
The video edition of this show on YouTube.
The Travel Institute - Your resource for travel agent certification.
Music Credits:
The song, "Zazzie" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
CONNECT WITH US
The Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Page
Barry's Facebook Page
Email Barry at barry@hometravelagent.net
You can also find us on Blubrry at Blubrry.com. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pivot to Selling Travel With Catherine Heeg

Podcast Number 414
 
SHOW NOTES
Even though tourism and travel aren't back into full swing it is time to plant those seeds and inspire your clients. Many of your clients and potential clients are ready to get out of the house so now is the time to stay in touch by taking them on a mental journey with photos, videos, and stories about travel adventures that you know they will enjoy. Along with the photos and videos, you can engage your clients with questions and polls on Facebook. You can ask them questions such as what they plan to do on that first travel outing and where are they planning to travel. Catherine Heeg explains how to engage your social media followers in this month's show. As Catherine explains, you can not only engage your followers, you can use social media tools to keep track of that engagement so you can follow up with targeted content and soft sales pitches. Now is the time to prepare your clients for that big vacation they've been waiting for so join us on this month's show and learn more.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Customized Management Solutions - Catherine Heeg's website.
Catherine's Facebook page.
Catherine Heeg on Instagram
Catherine's previous appearances on the Home Based Travel Agent Show: Show 391, Show 388, Show 364, Show 351, Show 334, Show 321, Show 317, Show 313.
The Travel Institute - Your resource for travel agent certification.
CONNECT WITH US
The Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Page
Sharp Tongued Consulting Facebook Page
Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent Website
Barry's Facebook Page
Lorene's Facebook Page
Email Barry at barry@hometravelagent.net
Email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com
Music Credits:
The song, "Zazzie" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is available on your television through Roku in the Blubrry Channel. You can also find us on Blubrry at Blubrry.com.The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.
© 2020 All Rights Reserved

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Specialize Your Travel Agency by Helping Families With Autism to Travel

Podcast Number 413
SHOW NOTES
April is Autism Awareness Month and in this show, Nicole Thibault is going to talk about how this relates to travel and to travel professionals. Most families with autistic children believe that it is not possible to take a vacation because of the challenges inherent in traveling with their autistic children. A well-informed travel professional, a travel professional who becomes a certified autism travel professional, can change the world for these families. Nicole talks about some of the challenges and the resources available to overcome these travel challenges for families with autistic children. Now is a great time to take the certification course and become a certified autism travel professional.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) - This is where you can become a certified autism travel professional.
Spectrum Travel Social Stories Videos - Familiarize your autistic travelers with these videos before they book or leave.
Autism Travel - Explore destinations and resources for travel agents specializing in autism travel. Also, find travel agents certified in autism travel.
Magical Story Book Travels - Nicole Thibault's Travel Agency and you can contact her at nicole@magicalstorybooktravels.com and find her on Instagram at familytravelmaven.
Villa Key - Villa Key is a vacation rental company that specializes in renting to families with autism.
The Travel Institute - Your resource for travel agent certification including webinars by Nicole Thibault about traveling with autistic children.
CONNECT WITH US
The Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Page
Sharp Tongued Consulting Facebook Page
Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent Website
Barry's Facebook Page
Lorene's Facebook Page
Email Barry at barry@hometravelagent.net
Email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com
Music Credits:
The song, "Zazzie" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is available on your television through Roku in the Blubrry Channel. You can also find us on Blubrry at Blubrry.com.The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.
© 2020 All Rights Reserved

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Improve Yourself and Your Business During the Virus Shutdown

Podcast Number 412
SHOW NOTES
The future is bright for the travel industry even though it doesn't seem that way right now. The Coronavirus has us all staying in place but that doesn't mean that your business or personal development has to stay in place. It is time to "sharpen the saw," as Stephen Covey says in his book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." Now is the perfect time for learning skills that improve your business such as Facebook marketing, destination learning, picking up skills on how to better operate your business, and so much more. In addition, this is a great time to work on those important designations such as Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), or the Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE). Guida Botelho, CTIE, from The Travel Institute, joins us for our show this month to talk about many things that you can do "sharpen the saw" while we are in this forced period of downtime. Guida and The Travel Institute are here to help us get through this time by offering several free courses that will get you off to a good start on improving your business. The offer of free courses is available until April 15, 2020, so you will want to take advantage of this offer quickly. Join us by listening to the show and let the sharpening begin.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Check out The Travel Institute‘s home page to learn more about educational opportunities.
CONNECT WITH US
The Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Page
Sharp Tongued Consulting Facebook Page
Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent Website
Barry's Facebook Page
Lorene's Facebook Page
Email Barry at barry@hometravelagent.net
Email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com
Music Credits:
The song, "Zazzie" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is available on your television through Roku in the Blubrry Channel. You can also find us on Blubrry at Blubrry.com.The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.
© 2020 All Rights Reserved

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Diane Petras CTIE, from The Travel Institute on the State of the Industry and Travel Agent Training

Podcast Number 411
SHOW NOTES
Diane Petras CTIE, the President of The Travel Institute, joins us on this month’s show to talk about the state of the travel industry and about travel agent training. The Travel Institute recently commissioned a survey where 2,000 travel agents participated and provided great insights into the state of the travel industry. Diane shares with us some of the results with answers to questions like, how does travel agent training impact the income of the travel agent? She also discusses results that reveal how satisfied agents are with their careers, and why people become travel agents. You will find the answers to these questions and much more in this show so join us and learn.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Check out the The Travel Institute‘s home page to learn more about educational opportunities.
Read an article >>Here<< discussing the results of the survey and how independent contractors are changing the face of the retail travel industry.
More survey results that tell us how education impacts the earning potential for travel agents. Read the article >>Here<<.
CONNECT WITH US
The Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Page
Sharp Tongued Consulting Facebook Page
Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent Website
Barry's Facebook Page
Lorene's Facebook Page
Email Barry at barry@hometravelagent.net
Email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com
Music Credits:
The song, "Zazzie" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is available on your television through Roku in the Blubrry Channel. You can also find us on Blubrry at Blubrry.com.The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.
© 2020 All Rights Reserved

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Twin Horizons Travel's Susan Schneider Talks About Travel Agent Success

Podcast Number 410
SHOW NOTES
Susan Schneider brings her energy and dynamic personality to the Home Based Travel Agent Show to talk about how her travel agency became a success. This is a story of twin sisters who turned their passion for travel into a successful travel business. Susan was not without challenges and her greatest challenge was when she lost her twin to cancer. This devastating loss moved her business from a brick and mortar store to a home-based business. But, during their time together, Susan and Robin made a big impact on the travel business in Columbus, Ohio where they were popular radio personalities on WOSU, the local public radio station. Susan and Robin were also frequent contributors to suburban newspapers around Columbus where they entertained and informed thousands of readers. In this podcast, you will hear Susan's story and learn about how she and her sister created a successful travel business.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Susan's website - http://www.twinhorizonstravel.com/index.aspx
Susan's email address - susanrobin29@columbus.rr.com
CONNECT WITH US
The Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Page
Sharp Tongued Consulting Facebook Page
Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent Website
Barry's Facebook Page
Lorene's Facebook Page
Email Barry at barry@hometravelagent.net
Email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com
Music Credits:
The song, "Zazzie" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Kevin McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is available on your television through Roku in the Blubrry Channel. You can also find us on Blubrry at Blubrry.com.The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.
© 2019 All Rights Reserved

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