Category Archives: Business Tools

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


317 – Catherine Heeg Explains How to Find Content to Put Into Your Travel Agent Blog



Podcast Number 317 Find more travel business related content at the TRAVEL CONSULTANT ACADEMY. COHOSTED SEGMENT Catherine Heeg is an expert on using social media to increase the travel consultant’s exposure to potential and existing clients. Catherine is full of ideas about how you can find interesting content that will attract readers to your blog. … Continue reading 317 – Catherine Heeg Explains How to Find Content to Put Into Your Travel Agent Blog


315 – Key Elements and Best Practices to Build Your Travel Business



Podcast Number 315 Find more travel business related content at the TRAVEL CONSULTANT ACADEMY. COHOSTED SEGMENT Cris DeSouza from Celebrity Cruise Lines joins the show to talk about best practices and key elements to build your travel business. This show is full of gems you can use and put into practice that will take your … Continue reading 315 – Key Elements and Best Practices to Build Your Travel Business


313 – Are You Using Social Media as Part of Your Marketing Strategy?



Podcast Number 313  Try GoToMeeting free for 30 Days! COHOSTED SEGMENT Are you using social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter to develop presence and credibility for your travel business? If not, you should be. Catherine Heeg of Customized Management Solutions joins Barry and Lorene to discuss the potential of social media in … Continue reading 313 – Are You Using Social Media as Part of Your Marketing Strategy?


311 – What Are 10 Things You Need to Become a Successful Travel Agent?



Podcast Number 311  Try GoToMeeting free for 30 Days! COHOSTED SEGMENT Here are ten things an independent travel consultant should know to build a successful business. Kelly Bergin, the Vice President for Business Development at Oasis Agents, details the ten things on today’s show. Kelly is a long time travel professional and Oasis Agents has … Continue reading 311 – What Are 10 Things You Need to Become a Successful Travel Agent?