Take Yourself Seriously! (Putting Your Best Foot Forward Every Time.)

April 5, 2024

There are many different reasons people are drawn to the travel industry: following a passion, serving others, building a successful brand, to name just a few. But no matter what brought you here, maintaining a high level of professionalism is essential for ensuring your staying power. As large as our industry is, it’s still very close-knit. Honing your craft, fostering positive relationships, and providing value will position you as a trusted expert, and lay the groundwork for long-term success.

By embodying professionalism, you’re not only elevating your brand, but also contributing to the vitality and reputation of the travel industry as a whole. Daily distractions make it easy to lose sight of one crucial aspect of professionalism: taking yourself seriously. It isn't merely a choice—it's a fundamental principle that underpins your credibility. Though a simple concept, the implications are profound. Taking yourself seriously isn't about an elevated or privileged position; it's about recognizing your worth, setting meaningful goals, and committing to your personal growth and success.

Mindset Matters

Adopting a professional mindset means committing yourself wholeheartedly to the success of your enterprise and approaching every decision with the seriousness it deserves. This mindset not only helps navigate challenges and uncertainties, it instills confidence in your current clients and attracts valuable new prospects. Your professional mindset demonstrates your commitment and allows people the peace of mind they deserve when investing in you. 

Create a Business Plan

A successful business is not built on whims and hunches but on strategic planning and meticulous execution. A well-crafted business plan defines your vision and your mission. What specific skills, knowledge, or expertise do you possess that can solve a problem or fulfill a need? Where are your knowledge gaps? What specific services will you offer? What benefits will clients gain by working with you? By creating a plan, you'll have a roadmap to guide your actions, and metrics to measure your progress. 

Set the Tone

First impressions matter. Treating your venture like a business from day one sets the right tone for future interactions with clients, partners, and peers. Your approach sets the standard, and becomes the foundation upon how others see you. People are more likely to respect and take you seriously when they see that you hold yourself in high regard. Setting standards communicates your values and expectations clearly. It establishes boundaries, positions you as an expert, and allows you to distinguish yourself from competitors. 

Build Trust

In an industry where clients rely on your expertise to create memorable experiences, trust is everything. Your supplier relationships are equally valuable, playing a huge role in how you’re able to get the job done. Taking yourself seriously means demonstrating competence, reliability, and integrity. Embrace transparency, be attentive to details, and strive to exceed expectations. Promptly respond to inquiries (even if the answer is no!) and address client concerns. Stay in touch with your industry partners with clear and timely communication, especially when they’ve worked hard to help you. 

Adaptability and Growth

The travel industry is inherently dynamic and unpredictable. Successful entrepreneurs understand the importance of adaptability and growth. By treating your venture like a business, you'll be better equipped to adapt to changes in the market and pivot when necessary. These skills will help you navigate roadblocks, handle unexpected disruptions, and accommodate last-minute requests. Instead of being blindsided by challenges, embrace innovation, turning your obstacles into opportunities for growth.

Professional Development

Just as travelers seek enriching experiences, professionals in the travel industry should prioritize continuous self-improvement. Taking yourself seriously means investing in your professional development, whether through industry certifications, networking opportunities, or skill-building workshops. Seek feedback from clients and peers, evaluate your performance, and identify areas for improvement. Embrace constructive criticism, and proactively seek opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge. Staying informed and committing to education will help you enhance your value proposition and stay ahead of the curve.

Ethical Conduct

Uphold ethical standards and integrity in all your dealings. Respect client confidentiality, adhere to industry regulations, and avoid any conflicts of interest. Build trust and credibility by acting with honesty, fairness, and transparency at all times. Present yourself in a polished and professional manner, both in-person and online. Dress appropriately for meetings and events, maintain a positive attitude, and exhibit confidence and poise in your interactions. Your demeanor should reflect where you want your business to go, not just where it is now.

Personal Fulfillment

Finally, taking yourself seriously isn’t an act of arrogance or self-importance; it's a fundamental aspect of self-care and empowerment. When you approach your travel business with passion and purpose, you not only achieve success but also cultivate a sense of pride and accomplishment. Find a network of like-minded entrepreneurs where you can collaborate, support, and inspire one another. Honoring your aspirations and committing to excellence creates a fulfilling journey that enriches both your personal and professional life, allowing you to enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come. 

About Uniglobe Travel Center

Uniglobe Travel Center (UTC) offers a variety of programs to support your independent travel business, all of which provide top-tier commissions and assistance with the development of sales and marketing plans. Each comprehensive home-based travel agent program is geared to your level of experience in the industry and helps you grow to the next level.

With 200+ years of combined travel experience, our dedicated host agency staff are fully equipped to help you reach your goals. We focus on support, business development and coaching, and will give you the right balance you require of each element to become the best home-based travel agent you can be.

The Uniglobe brand is an internationally trusted and respected name in the travel industry, celebrating over 28 years of working and growing together. Since 1996, UTC has been a leading host agency helping travel agents build their businesses and realize their dreams.

Recognition from our Supplier Partners

  1. Globus Family of Brands - Key Partner Member
  2. Viking River Cruises - Platinum Circle Plus Agency
  3. ALGV - Elite Diamond
  4. Delta Vacations - Diamond Elite Agency
  5. Oceania - Connoisseur Club
  6. Holland America - Elite Pinnacle
  7. Windstar - Club 180 Agency
  8. Celebrity - Host Agency of the Year 2018
  9. Marriott STARS & Luminous
  10. Hilton Impresario
  11. Belmond Bellini Club
  12. Shangri-La Luxury Circle
  13. Hyatt Privé

Professional Affiliations

● Virtuoso Enhanced Member

● CLIA Premier Member

● ASTA Premium Member

● ASTA Host Agency of the Year 2023

● CAC Member

● PATH Member

Uniglobe Travel Center Accolades