Episode 2 – Take Them On A Journey: How To Be A Kick-Ass Tour Guide

design_draw_speak_artwork_blogIt’s Episode 2! This week we have our very FIRST listener “Story from Studio”. Thanks to Emma from RMIT in Melbourne who was brave enough to share a very important lesson she learned from a tutor.

This episode is all about why you need to think of your presentation as a JOURNEY. It’s like you’re the tour guide and your audience is the group coming along for the ride. Just like a good tour guide, you need to create a memorable and comfortable experience.

4 Ways To Become A Kick-Ass Tour Guide


1. Know where you’re going
It’s important that YOU know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there, otherwise your audience is going to get lost with you. What’s the end result? What has your audience got to look forward to?

2. Know your timing
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? is the silent chant you want to avoid. Give a clear time indication so your audience knows how long they have to pay attention for (People also need to plan toilet breaks, ok!)

3. Don’t leave your audience stranded
Use clear signposting so your audience can gauge where you’re at. How many things are you discussing today? What point in your presentation are you up to?

4. Add surprises to your journey
Go on, make it a bit fun. Add a random fact, or some sound effects. But the intention here is to surprise and delight, rather than shock and terrify. What would surprise you on an African safari, for instance? eg: “And if you look to your left, ladies and gents, you’ll see a hippo humping a yukka tree!” That’s fun. Not: “HOLY CRAP WE PARKED ON A FIRE EATING ANT NEST. ABORT, ABORT!”

Christina’s Challenge Of The Week

This builds on point number 2: Give Clear Time Indications.

You may not have an upcoming presentation to implement this episode’s tips, so this week’s challenge is something you can practice in day to day conversations. It goes like this:

Next time you need to discuss something with your lecturer, tutor, boss, colleague etc, approach them first with a clear indication of HOW much of their time you need. For example: “Do you have 5 minutes? I just have two quick questions about this week’s assignment.”

Listen to the podcast to find out WHY this is important and why it works!


  1. Peter Brown says:

    congratulations on getting this up and running – hope it inspires, informs and speaks to many.

    best wishes Peter

  2. So I was at the 11:23 mark of episode 2 early this morning when (Bang!) I was in a traffic accident. No one was injured, but after the insurance info was exchanged I had to finish listening because I didn’t want to miss out on the tip you were about to give :)
    keep up the good work!
    love the look of the website too!


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