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Tue Jan 24 14:10:01 CST 2012
You make good points.
Can you imagine how I felt on that one bus tour when we were riding past
Pickett's Charge and the LGBG was talking about Sickles shooting Key.
I have a long list of real nightmares that occurred on tours and that one
keeps floating near the top after 20 years.
Not many people would appreciate it- even other tour guides.
But you people should.
The rule is you talk about what people see out the window. You tell them
before they see it what they are gonna see, you tell them what they are
seeing when they see it, and you tell what they saw after they saw it.
A real simple rule.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/24/2012 2:51:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
AWard61890 at aol.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
In a message dated 1/24/2012 2:25:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jlawrence at kc.rr.com writes:
I understand the system at Gettysburg
consists of a written test and, even if you pass the test, you have to be
interviewed by the guides, who can turn you down if they just d not like
There is in fact a very comprehensive written test. If you make the cut
there the so called "interview" mentioned above is actually an oral exam.
perspective guide puts together his or her own 2 hour car tour which is
given to an existing guide AND an NPS Ranger. After the first tour the
candidate is asked to make any necessary adjustments and gets a second
BOTH the ranger and the guide grade the candidate. It all comes down to
can give a factual, good tour of the battlefield. That is over
but you are not "interviewed" by guides.
Both the park and the guide force are just trying to make sure the visitor
gets a quality tour.
Peter previously stated that:
Sure, the tourists love it. But tourists don't know a cowpie from a
The tour is for the visitors or tourists not a tour director on the bus,
and one thing that can cause a candidate to fail would be if you don't
the customer with respect or have the attitude that your paying customer
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