It’s an increasingly small world, one in which borders don’t – at least when it comes to the economy – exist. As such, it’s never been easier to jump on a plane, head to a new destination, and begin making business connections with people who live and work in other parts of the world. However, business trips don’t just happen. There is an art to successful business trips, and if you’re new to the game, then you’re probably wondering how you can make yours as fruitful for your business as possible. Here are a few rules to get you started.
Taking it Seriously
Now, we know that traveling can be fun, but when it comes to business travel, it should mostly be serious. Of course, there’s scope to have a good time in your downtime, but those moments should be an exception to an otherwise serious trip, and not take up too much of your time. It’s better to think of the journey as an exotic way to spend a few working days, rather than a fun trip with a few hours of serious work thrown in from time to time.
Get the Timing Right
You’re going to have limited time when you’re on a business trip, but you’re also going to need to be at the top of your game, so it’s important that you get your timing right, especially when it comes to things like flights and so on. For example, if you have an evening of meetings with people, then it’d be a bad idea to land in the afternoon and go straight there. Instead, schedule a flight to land in the morning. That way you’ll be able to refresh, plan, and make sure you’re ready to deliver your A-Game when crunch time comes.
Don’t Get Caught Out
If you’re traveling overseas, then you’re going to need to be extra sensitive to cultural differences. Nothing will derail a business meeting more quickly than inadvertently offending someone at the table, just because you didn’t know any better. There may also be practical considerations, too, such as overcoming the language barrier. While English is the “language of business”, it’s better to use an interpreter to ensure that nothing gets lost in translation. When it comes to your business, don’t leave anything up to chance!
Don’t Plan Too Many Meetings
If you’re boarding a plane and spending time away from home, then you may try to make sure it’s worth your while by having as many meetings as humanly possible. But remember: no meeting is better than a bad meeting. If you’ve scheduled ten meetings, and the first runs over, then you’re going to have nine meetings that you’re late for – and what will that do for your business credibility? Instead, focus on only holding quality meetings. Two great meetings are better than five so-so meetings!
And, the last tip: pack smart! After a day of meetings, you’ll want to be on the plane and home as quickly as possible, and the best way to do this is by taking carry-on luggage only!