Education Bites

Sponsored By Bradenton Area CVB and Visit Sarasota County

DATE TIME SPEAKER TITLE
SUNDAY
JAN. 28
9  - 9:14 a.m. Dean, Randall

Just a Bite of  Smart Phone Success & Terrific Tablets

In this brief Quick Bite session, Randy will share several quick tips on how to truly set up your phones for greater productivity – not just “fun and games”! Get your productivity infrastructure on your device centralized, and then add useful productivity and reference apps to enhance your smart phone usage experience. See how these devices were truly meant to be used!

SUNDAY
JAN. 28
10 – 10:14 a.m. Washington, Crystal

Just a Bite of The Future is Now: Augmented Reality for the Travel Industry

Customers want more immersive experiences. Innovative travel professionals need help wading through technology options. In this hands-on session, practical techie Crystal Washington will show you how to get started leveraging AR TODAY in your business! 

SUNDAY
JAN. 28
11 - 11:30 a.m. Travel Alliance Partners

Just a Bite of TAP

Explore partnerships at a higher level through the network known as TAP. This fast-paced session allows individuals to join industry colleagues and collectively roll up our sleeves to step outside of the box and quickly get down to defining key T.A.P. programs designed to lower costs and eliminate headaches. All of this while increasing the bottom line. Attendees will learn how to expand revenue and knowledge sources as we look at the opportunities available through the power of the T.A.P. partnership. Tour operators, suppliers and DMOs - if you are seeking a network to enhance your outreach, are looking for superb worldwide tour products to offer clients or need the ROI factor to kick in, this session is for you!      

SUNDAY
JAN. 28
3 - 3:30 p.m. Dave Bodle

Just a Bite of Three Steps to Success in Packaged Group Travel

From veterans to beginners, this ABA Bites presentation reminds listeners that the packaged group travel industry is fluid and frequently changing. However, there are some proven steps that should always be in play if you are going to be successful in this marketplace. Learn how to obtain right tools to grow your package group travel business during this seminar.

SUNDAY
JAN. 28
4:30 – 4:44 p.m. Campbell, Johnny

Just a Bite of Tradeshow Marketing Secrets

If there is one thing, we can agree on, trade shows are a great way of reaching
your target customers fast. The only problem is how do you identify and qualify real
buyers from tire kickers, time wasters and freebie seekers that roam the trade show floor? In this program, we will discuss a three-step trade show marketing blueprint that will help you generate more qualified leads and convert more sales before, during
and after the trade show event.

SUNDAY
JAN. 28
5:15 – 5:29 p.m. Taubman, Steve

Just a Bite of  Procrastination Annihilation

Even the most successful people often report being challenged by procrastination. In fact, 70 percent of people self identify as procrastinators, with significant and wide ranging consequences, such as health and relationship challenges. This brief discussion introduces that basic principles behind Dr. Taubman's award winning online course, Procrastination Annihilation, including the 8 Flavors of Procrastination. You'll leave this session with a model to increase your self awareness and self mastery regarding getting things done.

MONDAY
JAN. 29
9 – 9:14 a.m. Kennedy, John

Just a Bite of  Sales Trends in Tour and Travel

Join us as John facilitates a discussion about the innovative use of technology to drive both people and profits! 

MONDAY
JAN. 29
10 – 10:14 a.m. Lutze, Heather

Just a Bite of  Brand Protection Emergency Kit

Search and be searched. How can you control what people see when they Google your company name? Come learn actionable steps to protect your brand online. You will leave with a task list to protect your brand and manage reviews both good, bad and the ugly. This session will be packed with tools and easy tricks to keep you looking your best online. 

MONDAY
JAN. 29
11 - 11:30 a.m. Chris Riddell

Just a Bite of Motorcoach Marketing Council

We all know we need to do more marketing to grow our businesses. If you are like most operators you are tired of a long list of marketing that you should be doing that fall prey to the operational demands of running a motorcoach company. You will leave this session with 10 actionable steps to getting your marketing back on track that don't require lots of time or money. In the marketing world, working smarter, not harder, definitely pays off! 

MONDAY
JAN. 29
3 - 3:30 p.m. Jeff Gayduk

Just a Bite of All-New! 7 Deadly Sins of Itinerary Creation (and the 7 Heavenly Virtues That Can Save You)

If you’re looking to develop itineraries for your destination, chances are you’ve committed at least one of these seven deadly sins. We’ll discuss where itineraries go bad, while helping DMO’s turn from sinner to saint by presenting the seven heavenly virtues that all itineraries should encompass.

MONDAY
JAN. 29
4:30 – 4:44 p.m. Sweeney, Susan

Just a Bite of 14 Social Media Tips in 14 Minutes

In this fast-paced session Susan Sweeney, Internet marketing expert and the author of eight Internet marketing books including 101 Ways to Promote Your Web Site and Social Media for Business, will bring you 14 social media tips to improve your social media efforts, grow your fans, followers, subscribers, get more engagement, increase traffic, improve your conversion and do more business online.

MONDAY
JAN. 29
5:15 – 5:29 p.m. Jett, Pamela

Just a Bite of  Communicate with Confidence

Gain essential skills for understanding, relating to, leading and working more effectively with all types of people … even the most difficult! Men and women with exceptional people skills make better leaders, team members and professionals.

TUESDAY
JAN. 30
9 – 9:14 a.m. Smith, Pete

Just a Bite of  Advancing and Expanding Your Career

Be in the driver’s seat for your career advancement. Focusing on the five pillars of progress, every individual will have the opportunity to recognize which aspect of their career success requires more time and attention, as well as become reaffirmed in those areas going well. Come learn some quick tips and a new approach to ensure your career is headed in the right direction.

TUESDAY
JAN. 30
10 – 10:14 a.m. Tobe, Jeff

Just a Bite of  Let's Get Engaged

This industry is changing at lightning speed. What if we looked internally to make it easier externally? In other words, what if we considered how to get our employees more engaged at what they do so that it will ultimately influence the ‘customer’ experience? In his usual high-energy, high-humor and high-content style, Jeff walks bus professionals at any level, through the “Four Pillars of Engagement”…creativity, commitment, accountability and communication.

TUESDAY
JAN. 30
11 - 11:30 a.m. Mike Rea

Just a Bite of Tourism Cares

Service travel – “voluntourism” is surging, with opportunities for operators, agents, suppliers, and destinations to benefit; while employees increasingly ask “how,” not “if” employers give to their community. Learn how and why to engage your employees and clients in giving for impact, engagement and business ROI.

Tourism Cares CEO Mike Rea and special industry guests will outline opportunities and challenges in strategic giving, and provide resources for deeper learning on this hot topic.

TUESDAY
JAN. 30
3 - 3:30 p.m. Dave Bodle  

Just a Bite of Let’s Talk Pricing, the Elephant in the Room

A tour operator calls and says, “We’re putting together an itinerary for your destination. Give me a price for October 7-10, 2019.” Are you ready with all the answers? This ABA Bites seminar explains exactly how to price your products for the different sectors of the group market. Policies yes, but flexible always.

TUESDAY
JAN. 30
4:30 – 4:44 p.m.

Ellen Malasky

Just a Bite of National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

The motorcoach operator and the tour guide are a team. Our goals are the same. We strive to provide travelers with the most interesting, comfortable, hassle-free and safe experiences possible. The stronger the operator/guide relationship, the more likely it is that our goals are achievable. In this Education Bite, the attendee will learn about the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (NFTGA) and it’s 19-member associations and how they can be a great resource to motorcoach operators and companies.