- Focus on
die-die-sure-can see animals or plants: Choose 5 of such organisms
that YOU find interesting and that you might think ordinary people
would find interesting too.
- Develop a
story script for each of these things: Say at most 3 facts about
them. One fact is actually enough.
your script on your friends or more experienced guides. See if
they find it interesting enough. Ask them for comments, improvements,
- You can bring
'cheat sheets' and refer to your notes quickly. It's OK.
- What makes
a good story? more details
(1 minute), enjoyable
to listen to, understandable,
- Has a
know anything about the find?
- It's OK
to say I don't know
- No information
is better than wrong information
- Bring a guidebook
with you and refer to it.
- Ripped from
Yap's blog post: Technology! Use it! A smartphone can be very
useful. Hear a bird call but cannot see it, and don't have a guidebook
on hand? Consult Google
Images! Trying to describe certain behaviour that cannot be
observed at the moment? All hail YouTube!
Never try to force a hiding animal out, or force an organism to
exhibit certain behaviour. Use a guidebook or the internet to
help illustrate your point.
find interesting things?
- Involve the
visitors, they will be glad to help you find things.
- Help one
another, share your finds.
- Try not to
talk about things which are NOT there. If you do this too often,
visitors will get the impression they didn't actually see anything
what you do see. "Wow, this is the first time I've seen so many
flowers on this tree!"
- Get to know
your site: come for the recce and training sessions. Go to the
site on your own to learn more about it. Read up about it, ask
more experienced guides. Go for talks about your site and the
organisms found on your site.
Don't be a bad
guide. Be a good guide instead.