Reflection is a powerful tool for learning, especially when it is consistently practiced. Often we have a tendency to either concentrate on the positive or the negative aspects of a tour. In reality, a tour will have both. Give yourself permission to try new strategies or techniques but understand that most of what you try will not be an immediate success. You may need more practice to integrate strategies or tips into your tours. Practice a growth mindset, not only in your own work but in the expectations you hold for each tour group. Each group will have its own dynamics and behaviors, but all visitors within the group are capable of participating and being impacted by your tour.
As you walk your tour route before your group arrives, reflect on your expectations for the tour. Here are some questions to consider:
Once you have reached the end of your tour, leave a few minutes to reflect and debrief, ideally with your colleagues who were also part of the same tour (if a school tour) or touring at the same time. Here are some questions to consider: