Category Archives: Education

383 – Host Agency Review



Podcast Number 383 SHOW NOTES  The host agency is the most important part of a home based travel agent’s business. Due diligence is required before you choose or change to a new host agency. But how do you do that due diligence? Well, there aren’t that many options to make a good investigation. But, one … Continue reading 383 – Host Agency Review


378 – The Sales Process – Do You Have One?



Podcast Number 378 SHOW NOTES  Selling is essential to the success of every travel agent and selling is a process. Success depends on learning this process, incorporating it into your personal style and then using the process when working with clients. This is key to increasing your sales. Benjamin Brown with 360 Sales Consulting joins … Continue reading 378 – The Sales Process – Do You Have One?


374 – Marketing by Educating



Podcast Number 374 SHOW NOTES  In Show 369 we talked about using the concept of a sales funnel to visualize your marketing plan. In this Show we will discuss how to get potential clients into your sales funnel. Most people are familiar with attention marketing where you attempt to get the attention of potential clients … Continue reading 374 – Marketing by Educating


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


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


352 – Experience Maui and the Wonders of Hawaiian Culture



Podcast Number 352 GUEST SEGMENT  Chris Kai’aokamālie, Director of Sales and Leisure for the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau,  joins our show to discuss the beauty and cultural wonders of Maui. Plus we talk about the NACTA Maui Master Specialist program where the travel professional travels to Maui and spends time with Hawaiian natives. This … Continue reading 352 – Experience Maui and the Wonders of Hawaiian Culture


338 – How to Entertain Yourself and Gain In Depth Knowledge of Destinations – How? The Amateur Traveler



Podcast Number 338 GUEST SEGMENT Chris Christensen, the Producer of the Amateur Traveler Podcast and This Week in Travel, joins the interview portion of the Home Based Travel Agent Show. Chris’ shows have achieved notable recognition and awards, and this year, the Amateur Traveler Podcast is a finalist for the best travel show in the … Continue reading 338 – How to Entertain Yourself and Gain In Depth Knowledge of Destinations – How? The Amateur Traveler


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


327 – The Year in Review and What’s Ahead for the Home Based Travel Agent Show



Podcast Number 327  Subscribe in iTunes  COHOSTED SEGMENT Lorene and Barry discuss some of the highlights for the Home Based Travel Agent Show in 2012. Lorene clues us in on some of the guests she has lined up for 2013. LINKS TO ITEMS WE’VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW Roll call of our recent shows and … Continue reading 327 – The Year in Review and What’s Ahead for the Home Based Travel Agent Show