Virtual Education Archive

SYTA proudly offers virtual education to members, prospective members and educators on topics that influence the student and youth travel community.

Previously Recorded Virtual Education:


Ten Lessons Learned From a Pandemic
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST
Jeff Ment and Panel of School Board Attorneys

Facilitated discussion led by Jeff Ment with school attorneys. Jeff shares the lessons we have learned through his and members experience in working with school attorneys to navigate refunds and cancellations as a result of COVID-19. Panelists share their perspectives on how we can use these lessons to work together in the future.



The Art of Listening and Communication
Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

To be successful at sales, you need to be a good listener. That is easier said than done. Learn some tips and tactics from other tourism professionals on how they developed their listening and communication skills on their road to success.



Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

In times of crises, we all need opportunities to re-evaluate what is important to us and find inspiration. Join us for a personal development workshop and re-establish your passions and visions and most importantly, how you can make an impact in your life and in your world.



Coaching and Mentoring
Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

As tourism professionals, part of our responsibility is to help others in their professional development. What are the expectations you should have as a mentor or coach- and what should you expect from those you will be mentoring?



Presentation Skills
Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

Whether you are sharing a sales presentation with prospective clients, or speaking in front of a group, confidence in your presentation skills can make all the difference. In this webinar, we will learn best practices – and maybe have a chance to practice!



Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Process
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 4:00 PM EST

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has just released long-awaited guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process.  Join us to to learn about some of the measures that are intended to ease the forgiveness process.



Real Media Literacy for a Fake News World
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT

Feeling lost in today’s media landscape? In this session, participants dive into the complexity of digital citizenship, including the threat of falling for fake information. Exploring media literacy through a First Amendment focus, the program will look at practical tools and accessible learning techniques for bolstering information literacy.



You’re Now a Board Member – Now What? Roles and Responsibilities You Need to Know (Part 2)
Wednesday May 27, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT

Congratulations! You are now a member of a board! Now what?



Time Management
Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

None of us have enough time, right? Well, wonder if there was an easy to use tool that helps you decide what to work on and how to best use your time and talents. This webinar will explain the concept and more importantly, how to use it!



Giving Back – Through Volunteering and Board Service (Part 1)
Tuesday May 19, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT

Have you thought that you would like to get more involved in your community and volunteer for an organization? If so, thank you! It feels great to give back and help out others in your community. Most of us may do this already, but we may do it without much knowledge of what a volunteer and/or board member really should be doing.




Your Baby is Ugly – Live Rapid-Fire Website Reviews
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

Do you want to improve your website? Do you think that your website stinks? Do you know that it stinks-it’s just a question of degree? You suspect that it has cost you a lot of money and lost opportunity over the years. But no one has been willing to tell you the hard truth about exactly what’s wrong with it – until now.

In order to earn credit towards certification, please complete the post-course assessment found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/babyisugly. If you have any questions, please contact Katy Summers at [email protected].



Itinerary Planning
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

Learn what tour operators are looking for in order to consider your itinerary. We will discuss tips on how to create an itinerary that sells!



Seller of Travel Laws and COVID-19
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Jeff Ment, Managing Partner, Ment Law Group

A conversation with Jeff Ment, who will outline key points for tour operators and travel advisors as they navigate cancellations and refunds in the age of coronavirus.

There are five states with seller of travel registration laws: California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa and Washington. All the states require registration if you sell to residents of those states regardless of your company’s location, unless you qualify for an exemption from registration.

In order to earn credit towards certification, please complete the post-course assessment found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/selleroftravel. If you have any questions, please contact Katy Summers at [email protected].



Build your Brand
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

People like to do business with those they know, like and trust. Your personal brand helps to make that easier. By working on your personal brand, you set yourself up for future success.



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