Tour guides project their fears through the different ways they communicate with visitors. The worst aspect of fears is the inhibition it produces. Fear affects all aspects of delivery – voice, posture, memory, energy level and so on, and guides should learn every technique possible for overcoming fears that might hinder a tour. Otherwise visitors may feel uncomfortable, which in turn, might ruin the museum experience for everyone – The Good Guide

Shoot. Fear.

It is ever present, especially when we’re trying something new. A new tour, a new route, a new exhibition, a new group – every day a new group.

It is our constant companion as tour guides and docents. I think that’s why we like our jobs so much. Every day is different, every day you just don’t know, every day is exciting in that we really have no idea what’s coming next. That’s when fear works for us.

But I think we all know how fear can work against us.

When we’re feeling real fear, honest-to-goodness “this isn’t really that fun” kind of fear, it can sneak into your tour. And your guests will feel it, sure as day, your guests will feel your fear. Even if we try to hide it, you know, they know and it can make the whole thing uncomfortable.

In the quote above it states, “guides should learn every technique possible for overcoming fears.”

This is truth and this is why I created the TourBoost Workshop! Sure, 20 years of improv training helped me not be afraid.

But even 2 hours of improv training helps. Really helps.

Improv helps get you out of your head, it helps trust yourself no matter what, it helps you get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It helps in not being afraid of mistakes and actually welcoming them.

We’re taught in improv to rely on each other, to find solace and peace in the other player. I’ve really ┬álearned to rely on my group if I get nervous, I trust them too. They’re a perfect barometer.

Are you fearful on tours? What are you afraid of?