What Type Of Guide Are You?

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What Type Of Guide Are You? - Quiz

Who are you as a guide? Are you the one always trying to integrate new apps and the latest technologies in your tours? Are you highly alert for the different dynamics in your group? Are you a natural storyteller? This little quiz triggers you to reflect on the role you (want to) take on as a guide. There are 5 questions and per question you pick the one statement that you feel describes you best. There are no right or wrong answers. Check it out!


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Script Writer - Entertainer

Usually I'm presenting characters from the past to give customers an authentic experience. I use a lot of different tools to keep the guests interested and customise the tours according to the group. I like to talk about destination's historical things which can be connected to the present time or some well-known figures. Some stories are true, some fictive. Few spicy love stories colour the tour nicely... It's also fun to ask my guests to be actors in my role play or sing with me. We can also dance or make a puppet show.Using different kinds of experiential guiding techniques is important for me, so I practise acting, voice control, storytelling and ways to put my soul into the character. Extreme adventure guides are also a good example of great experiential skills.Tours can be made experiential combining virtual and physical elements. I often teach my groups how to use QR-codes in the city or organise treasure hunts by using mobiles. To me shared photos and blogs in social media or local giveaways are something memorable.GUIDING ITSELF IS A FORM OF THEATER!"More stories, entertainment, experiences and invention"READ more here

Multisensory Designer - Interactive Innovator

For me, it's important to be aware of what is happening at the moment and, even better, to be ahead of the trends. I'm enthusiastic about guided tours, where I can play with digital tools, social media and multisensory aspects to activate my group. I may have a tablet on the tour or play some local music.To make the experience more memorable, these days it's necessary to take photos and share them with friends and families. Sharing good experiences via social media is of course important coverage and pr for your organisation too. I encourage my group to take pictures and videos during my tours and ask them to share it via social media.SHARING IS SUSTAINABLE AND AN ADVENTURE FOR ALL!"Look up information, discover, experience and share'"READ more here

Local Flavour Guide - Sustainable Guardian

I think often about how to support local identity and culture and I think I can do that by promoting authenticity. I do not only promote culture, architecture and history but also gastronomy, nature and lifestyle. I use a lot of local stories from history books but also what I have learned from locals. I'm interested in what's going on in today's society and I love talking about it too.I plan my trips taking into account preserving nature, the city, parks... Usually I organise tours on foot, by bike, on canoe,... I always try to support the local economy by recommending local restaurants or other local services and products. That's why I favour regional partners or farms and eco-tourism.There is always a lot of interaction between me and my group, e.g. cooking a dinner together with locals with regional, organic ingredients and specialties. This way people can take part in the local community as well as integrate something from their own culture. My participants love these kind of unique experiences!LET'S CREATE MEMORABLE MOMENTS TOGETHER!"Exploring and experiencing like a local with locals"READ more here

Bridge Builder - Cultural Messenger

The more unfamiliar the destination's culture is to my group, the more important it is for me to help them understand the manners, the local lifestyle and particular habits. I try to link different habits and stimulate mutual understanding. I see myself as a bridge builder.People tend to get excited if they find out that their thoughts/values are shared across cultures.Recognising and understanding cultural differences is highly important to me. Things like power distance, individualistic versus collectivistic, .. are all important reference points to me. I present the values of my own culture but at the same time I acknowledge and respect the outlook of other cultures on things. I stimulate positive comparisons.Learning together with and from my group helps me a lot in my efforts of being a cultural messenger. I think it leads to a more authentic way of guiding.LEARNING FROM AUTHENTIC CASES AND BEST PRACTICES!"Acting like a cultural messenger"READ more here

Emotional Partner - Icebreaker

People are not different from each other only in cultural matters, but also their personality, their likes and dislikes differ. The emotional state of the moment can also vary across cultures. That's why, to me, it's important to sense customer's cultural, psychological and emotional states of mind. That's the moment I can 'break the ice'.I'm a patient and balanced person, so it's easy for me to coordinate masses. My organisation trains guides to interact with different groups and teaches me to see the differences. It's not always possible, but as often as I can, I clarify the group's cultural backgrounds and behavioural habits and manners, to be able to make a suitable and positive guided tour.People sometimes tend to forget the power of emotions and senses. E.g. nature experiences are not common for everyone so I encourage people to truly embrace nature, smell the flowers, taste the berries.ENJOY THE INTERCULTURAL DIFFERENCES!"Breaking the ice with interaction and sharing the emotions"READ more here
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Below you will find 5 statements. Please pick the one statement that describes you as a guide best.Remember: there are no right or wrong answers.
    • A. 

      I let people use their senses to the fullest (sight, hearing, smell, touch and/or taste) to create a memorable guided tour

    • B. 

      I use my IT and visualisation skills to create lively and interactive guided tours

    • C. 

      I'm interested in what's going on in my community and I show respect for local habits and customs during my guided tours

    • D. 

      I present the values of my own culture and acknowledge other cultures, making positive comparisons etc.

    • E. 

      For me human interaction is the basis of all things in guiding

  • 2. 
    Below you will find 5 statements. Please pick the one statement that describes you as a guide best.Remember: there are no right or wrong answers.
    • A. 

      I am aware of the factors that have an impact on the customer experience (e.g. story, authenticity, contrast,..)

    • B. 

      I use social media actively (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,...) in my guided tours

    • C. 

      I co-create my guided tours with locals, my network of experts, and with my group to make the experience truly unique

    • D. 

      I see myself as a 'cultural messenger' of the destination and a bridge-builder between the visitors' cultures and the destination's culture

    • E. 

      I am very attentive to the group atmosphere as to group dynamics

  • 3. 
    Below you will find 5 statements. Please pick the one statement that describes you as a guide best.Remember: there are no right or wrong answers.
    • A. 

      I use elements from different fields in my guided tours (art, theatre, culture)

    • B. 

      I use specific methods to get to know customer expectations and tourism trends in the planning of my guided tours

    • C. 

      I ensure the profitability of my guided tours

    • D. 

      I have lived in foreign countries, and I speak more than one language fluently. Languages are crucial to me.

    • E. 

      I take different cultural backgrounds into consideration. Before meeting the group, I clarify the group's cultural backgrounds, behavioural habits and customs, to prepare for a positive guided tour

  • 4. 
    Below you will find 5 statements. Please pick the one statement that describes you as a guide best.Remember: there are no right or wrong answers.
    • A. 

      My guided tours always stimulate people to share their experiences on Instagram or other social media channels

    • B. 

      I actively share good guiding practices and best cases with my colleagues

    • C. 

      I raise awareness on environmental issues during my guided tours

    • D. 

      My guided tours support local identity and image

    • E. 

      I take religious and historical factors into consideration when putting together my guided tours

  • 5. 
    Below you will find 5 statements. Please pick the one statement that describes you as a guide best.Remember: there are no right or wrong answers..
    • A. 

      I take environmental factors into consideration when organising guided tours

    • B. 

      I create and improve my guided tours by using different communication and presentation skills

    • C. 

      My guided tours support local economy

    • D. 

      My organisation keeps an eye on the intercultural competences of its guides

    • E. 

      I encourage my group to try new and potentially emotional experiences during the guided tour

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