There’s something magical about college campus visits. It’s showing off potential new worlds to high school students. It’s presenting them with what could be their lives for the next several years. There is so much going on during these visits. It can be hard to focus on one thing. However, it is essential to educate not only the visiting students but the parents and family members.
Campus tours make it possible to educate people from all walks of life as they visit the campus. You’re also looking to nudge them in the direction of enrolling (or at least applying) to the school. But how can a campus tour succeed at this? Here are our top tips on how to give a campus tour:
Practice Makes Perfect
Probably the most important tip we can give on how to give a campus tour and anyone who is starting up as a tour guide is to practice. There will always be off the cuff questions, but you should have the main talking points you need to practice. And don’t worry if you need a little cheat sheet at first when talking about different buildings. It will become more natural to you as you continue with the tours. You’ll be a natural at the tours in no time at all, but you will need to practice. In no time at all, everything you say during the tour will be second nature.
Keep The Tours Small
If at all possible, try to keep tours to just a handful of people. The purpose of a campus tour is not only to show off the different parts of campus and the school but also to address any questions parents and potential students might have. If you have 30 people on tour, that will be difficult to do, and some members of the tour may feel like they didn’t receive enough attention. Instead, if you can, try to keep the tour small. This small tour will help improve your ability to connect with each individual. It also makes it feel more like a guided discussion than an actual tour. It’s easier to have a relatable personality when dealing with just a few people instead of several dozen. The smaller tour will help both you and those taking the tour.
Add Audio Enhancements
Even when you have a small group, it can be difficult to project your voice in some locations. Sure, you will want to maintain a quiet voice while touring the library, but when you’re on the bus driving between buildings, walking through the lawn, or checking out large halls, you will need to project your voice.
You can only do so much with your own voice, and projecting always will do a number on your throat. If you’re giving multiple tours a day, you’ll begin to feel strained from the excessive pressure placed on your throat. This will impact the quality of the tour you give, and it will reduce the information and enjoyment visitors take from the tour.
So what can you do? There are several audio enhancement options you can consider. Some sort of portable PA system may be perfect for you. This setup uses a smaller speaker that attaches to your belt, pocket, backpack, or somewhere else on your body. You will then talk into a microphone, and it will project louder than anything you can do with your voice. If you want, you can even have a secondary microphone to give to visitors who have questions. Often, guests on campus tours will have the same question, so it will help everyone out if they can hear what other people ask.
Of course, you may not need to have a portable speaker at all times. There will be locations where you don’t need the amplification and places that do need it. Depending on your needs, you may use an individual microphone headset that will wirelessly connect to speaker systems within buildings or specific locations. This way, each tour guide doesn’t need to have their PA system, but instead, the microphone will connect to the speakers within the building, and you can talk to your guests without the need of the attached portable speaker.
Bring Water For Everyone
From time to time, your voice will dry out or feel cracked. You don’t want to go about the tour for another hour or two with a cracking voice. It’s much easier to address this by having water with you. If you take a tour bus from one stop to the next, you can keep your water handy on the bus. If not, and you’re not allowed to have a backpack or other carrying cases, just try to set up water locations along your tour. This is especially ideal if you give multiple tours during the day.
You should also consider having a few energy bars on hand. If you ever start feeling weak and void of energy, you can easily munch down one of the energy bars for some added calories to help you through the rest of the guided tour.
The Right Equipment For The Job
It is essential to have the right equipment for your campus tour. If people are not able to hear what you’re saying, it will be all for not. There will be talking amongst the family members as they take the tour, so you’ll need to project over them to ensure everyone can hear what you’re saying. Here at Plant-Tours, we offer a wide range of equipment designed specifically for tour guides. From equipment to enhance your own audio in the way of personal speaker systems and headphones to microphones that attach to your clothing. So, if you’re giving campus tours and you need the right audio equipment, all you need to do is contact our staff here at Plant-Tours. We’d love to work with you, learn about your tours, and help identify your needs for the right equipment.