3Traveling for business is exciting as you venture to a new destination and meet up with your remote clients or employees, but it can also be stressful, if you don’t know how to properly prepare for such a trip. Between long flights and misplaced luggage, there’s an array of things which could potentially increase your stress level, but follow these three tips for a more hassle-free business trip:
Book the Meeting Space Ahead of Time
While Davinci Meeting Rooms around the globe offer flexible meeting schedules and an assortment of space and time slots, do yourself and all of your meeting attendees a favor and make reservations for the room ahead of time, just in case. Just imagine how unprofessional it would look, if your potential vendors hop on an airplane, arrive at the meeting location, only to find the space you need is unavailable. Something tells us meeting in the hotel courtyard won’t give off the impression you’re looking to portray.
It also doesn’t hurt to book more time than you expect you’ll need, such as two hours instead of one, or maybe even reserve the space for the entire day. You don’t want to cut off your boss or end a sales pitch before you’ve sealed the deal just because you didn’t book enough time.
Bring Carry-on Luggage
Sometimes checking your luggage can be a gamble, as accidents happen and your suitcase can end up in France instead of Colorado. If you’re on a tight business schedule and your major presentation is saved on your laptop, don’t risk checking it and losing it along the way. Keep your precious slideshow, which you slaved over for hours on end, with you at all times and check it as a carry on.
You may also want to consider flying with your business attire in the flight cabin as well. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to give your presentation in Bermuda shorts and flip flops? Or how stressful it would be to rush around to find a tailored suit an hour before your big kick-off meeting? Save yourself the potential stress and pack all the items you need for your meeting in your carry-on luggage.
Make Use of In-flight Down Time
Whether you’re facing a 30-minute flight or a nine-hour trek, this is valuable time in which you could brush up on your presentation and practice. Look over your slides or mentally recite your slideshow mid-flight. Not only will this make good use of the time, but it will also keep all of the material fresh in your mind for your meeting.