So, here's a new thing we are doing on Totem. Before each tour stop, we are having a presentation about the city - its history, tourism, practical notes. All of this has been done in bits and pieces throughout the tour - we are always given a Tour Book, which gives every detail of our housing, transportation, nearby shops, etc.; and I have always done a Family Newsletter, which includes bullet points of top sights to see in each place that we travel. But now a few of Totem's staff want to do this in a much more thorough way, calling an open meeting in the Big Top a few days before we leave each city, and inviting other tour members to research and present various aspects of the city.
I was invited to do a bit on Atlanta for Families, which I did, for just a couple of minutes. The entire presentation ended up running long, but it did include an immense amount of information - shopping, neighborhoods, concerts, parks, transportation. But the fun add-ons made the day - as you can see from the video (embedded below through Socialcam), the musicians put together a rendition of "Georgia On My Mind"; Tour Services brought in a couple of Ben & Jerry's servers, with a full ice cream station; there were drinks and cookies and of course fresh-popped popcorn from the front of house.
It created a good energy, a sense of the company as a big family, traveling together with all of our disparate needs and wants. (imagine a presentation that includes notes on designer shopping, the Christmas parade for children, and the best local gentleman's club?!) Being given a chance to speak was also a good feeling for me - it is a slow, gradual process, this finding of my role on the tour.