Category Archives: Business Tools

370 – No Travel Agent is an Island



Podcast Number 370 SHOW NOTES English poet John Donne said, “No man [or woman or travel agent] is an island.” Okay that was said back in the 1600’s so I added to the quote to fit the times and occasion. What does the quote have to do with travel agents? Well many home based agents … Continue reading 370 – No Travel Agent is an Island


369 – Using a Sales Funnel to Visualize Your Travel Agency’s Sales and Marketing Plan



Podcast Number 369 SHOW NOTES Don’t let marketing and sales overwhelm you. The sales funnel is a tool to visualize this process, breaking it down into manageable segments, and helping you to make a plan to convert prospects into clients. In this Business 101 Show Barry explains the sales funnel and how you can use … Continue reading 369 – Using a Sales Funnel to Visualize Your Travel Agency’s Sales and Marketing Plan


366 – Business 101 – A Process to Become More Productive and Reduce Stress



Podcast Number 366 SHOW NOTES  Organizing all the tasks you need to accomplish for your business, personal life and family life is a daunting chore. This task list can overwhelm and add stress to the point where you ignore the list of tasks altogether. I’ve tried many types of task organizing tools and always feel … Continue reading 366 – Business 101 – A Process to Become More Productive and Reduce Stress


361 – Business 101 – Are You Selling Details or Are You Selling The Emotion of Travel?



Podcast Number 361 SHOW NOTES  It’s tempting to sell the features of your travel specialty. In fact it’s easy to sell the features of your travel product. It’s easy to talk about the details of the flight, the number of rooms in a suite, the all inclusive restaurants or bars, or the fine rental car. … Continue reading 361 – Business 101 – Are You Selling Details or Are You Selling The Emotion of Travel?


356 – Travel Agents Prosper by Working as a Team – The NACTA Chapter Directors’ Conference



Podcast Number 356 INTERVIEW SEGMENT  One of the most valuable resources you can utilize as a small business owner, a travel agent, are the valuable insights from people who have a depth and breadth of experiences that are different from your own. This show combines the final two interviews from the National Association of Career … Continue reading 356 – Travel Agents Prosper by Working as a Team – The NACTA Chapter Directors’ Conference


351 – Using Social Media To Build Client Trust And Increase Sales



Podcast Number 351 GUEST SEGMENT On our previous two shows we’ve discussed the importance of selling yourself first as a travel consultant. You compete in the travel marketplace by clients getting to know you, liking you, and trusting you enough to place their valuable vacation time into your hands. Catherine Heeg, a social media trail … Continue reading 351 – Using Social Media To Build Client Trust And Increase Sales


348 – Travel Business 101 – What Does Your Website Say About You?



Podcast Number 348 TRAVEL BUSINESS 101 In this first installment of Travel Business 101 we discuss why a website is important for your travel business and how to make it effective for the business your in. LINKS TO ITEMS WE’VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW Online AgencyPassport OnlineAgent Studio WordPress CONNECT WITH US The Home Based … Continue reading 348 – Travel Business 101 – What Does Your Website Say About You?


339 – Ideas, Planning, Action for the Travel Professional in 2014



Podcast Number 339 GUEST SEGMENT A challenge for the travel professional is coming up with new ideas to generate business. Finding the ideas is the first challenge. The second challenge is putting the ideas into action. In fact, most ideas never make it to an action plan for implementation. This show is about finding ideas … Continue reading 339 – Ideas, Planning, Action for the Travel Professional in 2014


334 – How To Use Google+ To Promote Your Travel Business



Podcast Number 334 COHOSTED SEGMENT Google+ is Google’s answer for a Facebook type of social media platform. Is Google+ a place where you can promote your travel business? Is Google+ easy to use? What are its advantages and disadvantages? Catherine Heeg, a social media expert in the travel trade, joins Lorene and I to answer … Continue reading 334 – How To Use Google+ To Promote Your Travel Business


330 – Travel Agent Support and the Importance of Choosing the Right Host Agency from NACTA’s Vice President



Podcast Number 330 COHOSTED SEGMENT  Ann Van Leeuwen, Vice President at the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA), joins Barry and Lorene on the show to discuss upcoming events sponsored by NACTA for travel agents. We also discuss the NACTA community of travel agents and the great support this community provides its members. Travel … Continue reading 330 – Travel Agent Support and the Importance of Choosing the Right Host Agency from NACTA’s Vice President