DC Guild Tour Technology Training

TripSchool is partnering with the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC to offer its member guides a discounted, specialized training in using technology before, during and after your tour!

Please note this is an exclusive training to the DC guild, and different than the (higher priced) class offered to the public. You must use the registration button at the bottom of this page to correctly register for this class!

When and where?

The 2-day workshop will be held in a space near Ford’s Theatre on February 13-14. We’ll start at 2pm on the 13th, and go until 6pm. On the 14th we’ll start at 9am and go until 6pm.

How Much?

$189 discounted pricing for two days of small-group and individual instruction. Lodging is not included.

Resource Portal

After the workshop finishes, we don’t leave you hanging. You’ll have access to our exclusive Resource Portal with tutorials and links to everything that we covered in person.

Your Instructors

Mitch & Alan are the founders of TripSchool, and have been using technology in innovative ways since the invention of the abacus! They’ve spoken on this topic at public conferences like ITMI’s Symposium and IATDG, and privately for many of the top tour operators. They’ve pioneered new uses of technology on tour that are now widely used in both student and adult tours.

What We’ll Cover

Note Taking & Organization
We’ll look at all the latest tools for organizing your research in ways that make it accessible wherever you are. We’ll talk about web clipping, note tagging, organizational methods, and share the ways we keep everything at our fingertips.

Photo Editing & Social Media
Helping your guests take better photos is so important to their trip experience; we’ll look at how you can take better photos for your own marketing purposes, and how to share tips with guests. Plus we’ll explore methods for sharing photos in a group after the tour, and using them on social media to promote yourself.

DVD Burning of YouTube Videos
If you’re not showing small-clip videos on the motor coach, you’re now officially behind the times! This technique was pioneered by Mitch & Alan years ago, and we’ll share the downloading, editing and burning secrets to giving your tours an extra pizazz.

Tablet use on the Motor Coach
If you have a computer or tablet, we’re be sharing the interesting ways that you can use it with the video monitors on your motor coach, from slideshows, quizzes, games, tour tasks, to videos and interactive presentations.

Custom Mapmaking & Route Tracking
There is new, free map software out there that helps you keep track of the information you know, and the locations where it’s most relevant. We’ll work together to help you learn to create these maps yourself, and harness this incredibly powerful technology to keep everything you know organized.

Unique Phone & Tablet Apps
There are so many new smartphone apps that will help you along the way! We’ll share some of our favorites.

Portable Printers & Tour Applications
If you’ve ever heard us speak, you know we’re fans of portable printers for on-the-road applications. We’ll offer you some never-before-shared techniques for wowing your guests!

The Farewell Video or Slideshow
This is probably the best tech-based way to increase your tips and evaluation scores, by giving your guests a video or photo-based look back at everything you’ve done on the trip. We’ll work together to create our own!

Engaging Students with Technology
Today’s students are born in and breathe the atmosphere of technology at every stage of their life. So we’ll look at how we can use tech to engage with students more effectively.

Marketing Yourself Online
Let’s talk about some of the many ways we can create an online presence, and connect with past guests to market yourself effectively online, using Facebook, Mailchimp, Instagram, and more.

Technology Training for Tour Directors and Guides

Details & Fine Print

  • This is a course tailored to the DC Guild guide community

  • You’ll receive one-on-one and small group instruction

  • Limited to 25 people maximum

  • Bring your own laptop, tablet and smartphone to apply the techniques immediately!

Washington, D.C., Feb 13-14

$189

(Lodging and meals are on your own. We run two days)

This training is full! Email info@thetripschool.com to be added to the waitlist.