Category Archives: Business Practices

279 – Putting Together a Theme Cruise and Helping Your Clients Rave About You



Podcast Number 279 BUSINESS SEGMENT Testimonials are great sales tools everyone should employ to drive business.  Don’t leave your client scratching their head about what to write when you ask them for a testimonial.  Bust through a client’s writer’s block by giving them a template to prompt them to write a winning testimonial for you. … Continue reading 279 – Putting Together a Theme Cruise and Helping Your Clients Rave About You


278 – Reflections of a Travel Agent and What’s in a Name



Podcast Number 278 BUSINESS SEGMENT Barry talks about how to organize and name the files on your computer.  The key is to organize and name your files so you can quickly locate them in the future.  Here are examples of the naming conventions Barry talks about in the show. Here is how I store Sara … Continue reading 278 – Reflections of a Travel Agent and What’s in a Name


275 – Taking Your Business to a New Level in 2011



Podcast Number 275 BUSINESS SEGMENT Grace Murray Hopper said, “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”  Setting goals is like setting a course to take your business out of its safe harbor and taking it to a new level – after all, that’s what business is for!  Learn … Continue reading 275 – Taking Your Business to a New Level in 2011


267 – Lorene and Barry Together at Viansa Winery



Podcast Number 267 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Barry and Lorene meet in person for the second time in more than five years. Otherwise, Barry and Lorene meet once a week by telephone or Skype to record the Home Based Travel Agent Show. Barry and Lorene traveled to … Continue reading 267 – Lorene and Barry Together at Viansa Winery


223 – Back to Basics, Starting a Home Based Travel Business



Podcast Number 223 This is a “Back to Basics” show where Barry gives a broad overview of what it takes to become a travel agent. Barry talks about setting up your business, host agencies, state licensing and insurance. Kelly Monaghan’s home study course to become a travel agent. Tom Ogg’s travel agent resource center TRAVEL … Continue reading 223 – Back to Basics, Starting a Home Based Travel Business


222 – Employ an External Brain for Your Business and Personal Life



Podcast Number 222 Have you ever longed for a way to store and easily retrieve all those minor and major details of life and business. On today’s show we talk about a free product that can become your external brain. Evernote can store handwritten notes, audio files, PDF documents, web pages, email, spreadsheets, word processing … Continue reading 222 – Employ an External Brain for Your Business and Personal Life


220 – Social Networking for Your Travel Business



Barry and Lorene talk about how Twitter and Facebook are used as tools to develop your business or use Twitter and Facebook to receive information from suppliers and destinations.  Lorene recommends the book, “The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web,” by Tamar Weinberg.  You can find the book at http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596156817/. Travel News The risk … Continue reading 220 – Social Networking for Your Travel Business


211 – A Free Telephone System for Your Home Based Travel Business



A telephone system can make or break your home based travel business. Fortunately you have the option of using Google Voice. Barry describes the features of Google Voice and how this free system can enhance your home based travel business. Visit me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz. Keep up with us on Twitter.com Lorene’s Twitter name … Continue reading 211 – A Free Telephone System for Your Home Based Travel Business


210 – Write Killer Advertising Copy and Boost Your Sales



Podcast Number 210 Give your sales a boost. Writing good advertising copy can make a big difference in the sales you generate from your newsletters or website. Barry talks about a fantastic book that will teach you to write killer ads. The book is “The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising … Continue reading 210 – Write Killer Advertising Copy and Boost Your Sales


209 – Tom Ogg Talks About Growing Your Travel Business



Tom Ogg joins Barry and Lorene to talk about how travel agents can grow their business. Tom offers a valuable resources for the travel agent at his travel agent community website www.hbtacommunity.com. Tom compares the HbtaCommunity to the proverbial water cooler where travel agents can hang out and share ideas, problems and successes. The community … Continue reading 209 – Tom Ogg Talks About Growing Your Travel Business