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In the Media and Why

I need your feedback.  I’m trying to figure out what combination of content and voice/style we get to the media that casts OA in the most attractive light for agents with some experience.  Look, we know we’re kinda awesome, and there are a lot of reasons why (he said humbly), but what makes us stand … Continue reading “In the Media and Why”

Tomatoes

The light from my grandfather’s Zippo lighter danced on his face as he slowly drew in the sweet-smelling smoke from his pipe and said, “Knowing a tomato is a fruit is knowledge.” I had no idea what he was talking about until, after slowly exhaling wisps of smoke, he wryly continued “Knowing not to put … Continue reading "Tomatoes"

Selling travel is a lot like a first date

From across the room, your eyes meet. There’s something interesting in their eyes and you move closer. Conversation ensues, and you connect right away. Suddenly, you are carefully assessing the person, asking yourself “Are they the one?”  You become more confident as laughter follows jokes that you both get. You speak the same “language!”  Cautious … Continue reading “Selling travel is a lot like a first date”

Penny Jar Revolution

We’ve all had a penny jar. We saved our leftover change for a rainy day, and, sure enough, the day came when those coins came in handy. As we enter a brave new era in travel, we need our penny jars. We need to invest our “pennies,” both money and resources, and reap the rewards. … Continue reading “Penny Jar Revolution”

Nobody WANTS to Travel

People are Ready to Experience the World and as a Travel Professional, you are the key to Unlock it! Written By: Chad Burt, Co-Owner of OutsideAgents.com   Nobody wants to go to Alaska.  Flights are a pain. Nobody wants to cruise the inside passage.  That’s two days at sea. Nobody wants to fly in a … Continue reading "Nobody WANTS to Travel"

It’s Time to Get Back to Work as a Travel Professional

Interviewing: Chad Burt, Co-Owner – OutsideAgents.com An Interview By: Andy Ogg, CTIE, Co-Owner – TravelProfessionalNEWS.com    First off, thank you so much for the time today Chad! It’s always great to connect with you! What a year it has been, but as we step forward from a challenging year, how have things been for you and the OutsideAgents.com … Continue reading “It’s Time to Get Back to Work as a Travel Professional”

How Much Do Travel Agents Make?

By Chad Burt, Co-Owner of OutsideAgents.com   If you’re someone who loves to travel, has thousands of travel rewards points, and knows an impressive amount of travel lingo, then a career in the travel industry might be perfect for you! Of course, none of these things are required to be a travel agent — except … Continue reading "How Much Do Travel Agents Make?"

Make Dreams Come True as a Travel Professional

  Interviewing: Chad Burt, Co-Owner – OutsideAgents.com  An Interview By: Andy Ogg, CTIE, Co-Owner – TravelProfessionalNEWS.com    First off, thank you so much for the time today Chad! It’s always great to connect with you!  Chad and I have been working on a pretty cool project that is being referred to as “SPECTRUM.” As a visually impaired … Continue reading “Make Dreams Come True as a Travel Professional”

Separate the Wheat from the Chaff to Make More Money as a Travel Agent

  . . . navigating a new universe of travel gurus   Today’s world of instant gratification, quick fixes, shortcuts, and secret solutions to all you desire provides fertile ground for hyping everything. From electronically operated beds that will make your spouse stop snoring to skin cream that immediately will erase all evidence of the … Continue reading “Separate the Wheat from the Chaff to Make More Money as a Travel Agent”

Purple People Eaters

Circa 1 b.c. to 1 a.c. (Before Covid / After Covid)   Nine-thirty at night is pretty late for us “over 50” types. Inspired by a shared bottle of wine, though, the engaging conversation continued on myriad topics with Chuck, my soon-to-be great friend. Eventually, the conversation strayed to that neverland of politics. Panic struck … Continue reading “Purple People Eaters”

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