Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to ace a work trip

When I was a stripling youth, I used to go on business trips--often to exotic locales, such as San Francisco, Boston, and Hershey, PA.

Jenna Davis, a contributor to Career Contessa, says biz travel may sound like fun, but it can be long days in airless conference rooms, too much alcohol, boring people, and exhausting travel.

On the other hand, it can also be a chance to network, a way to meet new people and possible mates, and a break with the routine.

For one thing, I always took a tour of the city--a tourist bus tour--they are more fun that you would think.

I did my homework ahead of time--as David recommends. Make a short list of things you would like to do or see, restaurants, museums, clubs.

Add a weekend to your business part. This makes it into a mini-vacay, even if you have to pay fror the hotel--the airfare is already paid.

Avoid room service--you may be tired, but go out to eat anyhow.

I read a story (yes, in a chick rag) about a gal who went on Tinder and hooked up in strange cities. Not sure I would recommend this--just stating it. Better to go on Meetup.com and see if there is a jogging group or something.

If you are tied to your supervisor at the meeting--stay businesslike. Don't let open bars encourage you to get too chummy.

Above all, be sure you come home with tangible results of the meeting and exercise discretion on the extracurricular activities.

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