Dear Travel Agents/ Advisors,
As you know, I serve as a mentor to travel agents. What I do is free and brings me much pleasure. I frequently get questions from agents asking for advice. I am here for all of you!
I have spoken with many agents who are eager to get experience in a short time. Let’s analyze those two concepts: experience, and in a short time.
How long does it take to gain experience in something such as travel? Well, it depends how much we want to know, how much interest we have in specializing in different areas, and how much of a perfectionist we are.
How much time should we invest in learning? It also depends on several factors. How we learn, how much we need to learn, and how much work we are willing to put in.
As a travel agent, you approach your “mentor” (me) and get a bunch of ”it depends” answers. What kind of mentor am I?
Let me give you my honest opinion on the issue of gaining experience in a short time. I feel that if you show your client or prospective client how much you really care, experience moves down in importance to second place. People are looking for a professional who has real feelings and a big heart, and who will stand with them for the entire journey. Experience alone is not enough. Experience PLUS caring will put the world at your feet!
I am cheering for you! Everyone should learn at their own pace.