Vacation travel series for business travellers – What do YOU “need“ to re-energise and recharge on vacation?

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International communicationWhat do YOU “need“ to re-energise and recharge on vacation?

Vacations should be a time to recharge and refresh – to take a break from your routine and do things that re-energise you.

Have you worked out what YOU need to do to recharge?

It’s interesting how working out what YOU and your fellow vacationers “need” can help you all have a better vacation.

For example, my wife and I have discovered that we have very different “body clocks” on vacation. We’ve learned to synchronise our different body clocks!

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I’m a “get up early and watch the sunrise” type of guy. I want to make the most of every vacation day. I can’t stand a slow start that “wastes the morning”

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On vacation, I can’t wait for the sun to rise – so I can go out and get down to the beach. My son Orlando likes to get up…

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Here’s a great educational and entertaining resource for business travellers

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If you fly a lot for work – you are probably getting tired of the usual in-flight entertainment.

Now I love to have time to sit down and watch a movie (without he guilt of thinking I should be working on something else) – but now I’m also enjoying a show specially for business travellers!

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If YOU’D like to try something that’s both entertaining and beneficial to your business knowledge and your business travel comfort, I can strongly recommend CNN Business Traveller hosted by Richard Quest. It’s about the world YOU love in if you are a business traveller!

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I found it interesting from a business perspective and I must confess I’d have to stop myself laughing out loud on the plane at the colourful host.

I’m laughing with Richard rather than at him – as I find his enthusiasm and colourful delivery a refreshing change – so different many…

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What to do when you return from a business trip and everyone wants a piece of you

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We’ve had a lot of positive response to a Chris Adams video post where he gave tips and advice on how to perform better on business trips. Chris is a very experienced traveller, an former Hollywood and Facebook exec and jet-setter! He advised how to be more effective by being less busy on your business trip and by being “effectively selfish”.

Here is a response/request from Melinda – a busy female business traveller who wanted some tips on what do you when you get back from a business trip and everyone (family and work colleagues) seems to “want a piece of you”.

What do you do? How do you handle the “backlog” of tasks.

Chris’s advice is, as usual, honest and colourful – and useful.

CA
Chris Adams – veteran business traveller
I personally put his tips to use of a business trip and the trip was much more productive –…

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How business travel can help you get good business ideas

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It never fails for me – I get great ideas by travelling and by “doing nothing”.

I’m reminded of the words of  Alain de Botton in his book The Art of Travel:

“…large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places.”

I find I get my best ideas when I am travelling – either for leisure or for work – and I encourage you to try this method.

You’ll need to switch off from work mode and relax and do nothing.

My “method” started off by accident – and now I “do nothing” deliberately.

I seem to get a lot of good ideas when I am flying. I connect to creative ideas by disconnecting from all my technology.

In the past I would usually try to use flying time (especially on business trips) to catch up on reading work documents – or I’d watch the in-flight news…

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Why you need to make your RETURN from your business trip effective too

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Are you still making the same business trip “mistakes” that I am?

I’m getting more efficient in the part of the business trip when I am AWAY working on the business side – and being more sensible about not trying to cram in too much.

The area I still need to improve is how I handle the RETURN – the “re-entry” – coming back from a business trip.

Is this an area (the return from the trip) YOU still need to improve?

Are you overly optimistic about your ability to just snap back from the business trip to your home life (and responsibilities)?

I recently had a very successful business trip to Singapore – but I didn’t handle the return as well as I could have.

I trained and coached people every day – Monday to Friday – worked all day Friday and then raced to the airport to catch…

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How Hara Hachi Bu can make your business travel more effective and more enjoyable.

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Do you travel a lot for business? Do you make this mistake when trying to be time efficient and cost effective?

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I travel a lot for my work as a business writing and communication consultant. I used to make lots of business trip “mistakes” – until I started applying advice from Presentation Zen expert Garr Reynolds – especially his suggestions about hara hachi bu.

I’m in Singapore as I write this post and Singapore is famous for its delicious food. I love coming here for work!

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In the past, at the hotel breakfast I would pile up my plate. I wanted to get my money’s worth! I would gulp down the huge breakfast thinking that this “forced fuelling up” would save me having to eat lunch and that I could work through lunch. I thought I was being efficient!

The trouble was – it was actually inefficient and highly ineffective…

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What to do when you return from a business trip and everyone wants a piece of you

We’ve had a lot of positive response to a Chris Adams video post where he gave tips and advice on how to perform better on business trips. Chris is a very experienced traveller, an former Hollywood and Facebook exec and jet-setter! He advised how to be more effective by being less busy on your business trip and by being “effectively selfish”.

Here is a response/request from Melinda – a busy female business traveller who wanted some tips on what do you when you get back from a business trip and everyone (family and work colleagues) seems to “want a piece of you”.

What do you do? How do you handle the “backlog” of tasks.

Chris’s advice is, as usual, honest and colourful – and useful.

CA
Chris Adams – veteran business traveller
I personally put his tips to use of a business trip and the trip was much more productive – and enjoyable. Link at the end of this post.

The original Chris Adams post and video (in case you want to see it) follows this latest video where I put Melinda’s question to him.

Melinda’s response/request:

“These points are not just true for Dads, but really for ANY business traveller. Even us females. At my most travelled, I spent more than 260 nights in one hotel group in one year. And also had other trips where I didn’t use that hotel group. So about 300 nights away. This schedule severely limits time with partner/spouse, friends, and family. It IS tough when you get home late, exhausted, on a Friday and everyone wants “a piece of you” over the weekend as you’ve been gone.

But you need to do your expenses, recap reports, prep for the coming week’s trip, unpack, and re-pack for Monday morning’s flight…. and somewhere in there unwind.

When you do have a week off, being HOME is a priority – but the partner/spouse who has been at home the whole time wants to go away somewhere. Not easy to balance. So, more tips welcome!”

 

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So who is writing this?

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Hi, I’m Tony – a TV reporter and producer turned international communication trainer and consultant. I love writing – especially about the joys of travel – even business travel. I’m a bit like that George Clooney character in Up In The Air in that I actually enjoy the travelling life.

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I love travel- even business travel – what about you? I no longer need the cane in this photo – the cane was just used when I was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon – and when trying to be like Mr Bates from Downton Abbey 😉

I’m also a big fan of retro – like vintage flight bags and luggage from when jet-setting was glamorous.

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