About That Book On Amazon

By Kelly Monaghan I recently received an email from someone asking me for free advice about a business idea. He said he was interested in investing in The Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course, but was considering buying one of my books he saw on Amazon because, after all, it looked similar and was cheaper. Two…

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Do You Have Multiple Twitter Accounts?

Most travel agents (like just about every other twitter user) think of Twitter as a broadcast medium, something they use to get their messages out into the world. But they also discover that Twitter is a great way to receive information and they wind up following heavy hitters in the travel industry and the travel trade press, along with brands and destinations.

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The Truth About Cheap Flights

by Kelly Monaghan In the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course I call it the “cheap travel trap” and I hope I’ve helped more than a few would-be travel agents avoid it. But for those of you who are not yet convinced, may I submit in evidence the video below. It reveals the sordid truth about…

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Americans Are Bullish on Leisure Travel

Leisure travel trends by Kelly Monaghan Leisure travel is back! Over half of Americans will take at least the same number of trips this year as they did last year. More than a third plan on taking more trips. Only 13% said they’d take fewer trips, while 62% said they have already taken one leisure…

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Alert Your Clients to Enhanced Airport Security

by Kelly Monaghan Recently, I took a weekend trip to visit family. Before I boarded the plane, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) treated me to both a trip through the “porno scanner” and an “enhanced pat-down.” Welcome to the post-bin-Laden era of airline travel. Perhaps things will calm down after a while, but for now…

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Travel Agents, Freedom of Speech and Social Media

by Kelly Monaghan Have a blog? Are you on Twitter? Are you on Facebook? Have an ezine or emailed newsletter? We have all seen articles about people who tweeted in the heat of the moment or posted something on Facebook only to have it come back and bite them. Maybe we chuckled and thought “What…

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‘Am I Spinning My Wheels?’

by Kelly Monaghan Here is an email (somewhat edited) that I received from a prospective home-based travel agent who wondered if she was “spinning my wheels.” I am a retired executive assistant … and going nuts having nothing to do, with the job market being as bad as it is.  In addition to working as…

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Event Tickets and Travel Agents

Event tickets and travel agents by Kelly Monaghan Here’s a question I received from Thelma: I want to be an event planner, which will include group trips to football games, plays and other places.  Will this course tell me how to obtain tickets to these events? Thelma, there are literally tens of thousands of “travel…

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Selling Cruise Value Can Double Your Commissions

Selling cruise value is key by Kelly Monaghan In the selling skills module of the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course, I spend a good bit of time discussing how to establish value as a way to overcome concerns about price. In the How To Book Cruises chapter, I discuss how price comparisons can be used…

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Women Travel Agents – The Truth

Women as travel agents by Kelly Monaghan I read an article once by Susan Spano of the LA Times about women as travel agents. She noted that (according to one study) 75% of all travel agents are women and pointed out what those of us on this side of the business (the home-based side) have…

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