5 Essential Travel Tips

Travel plays a big part in most realms of business. Whether it’s sales, executive, managerial – nearly all levels of business person will travel at some point in their careers. There is obviously a high importance placed on efficiency, as those hours on the road or in the air should not simply be wasted, and often times cannot afford to be wasted. So here are a few tips to get you going and stay efficient (and sane) while you are traveling for work:

1) Update your packing lists
Keep your packing list in your suitcase. Even try different lists for different types of getaways including 1) Weekend business 2) Week-long business 3) Weekend vacation and 4) Week-long vacation. If it’s kept in your suitcase you can modify it as needed. Bring something you didn’t need? Cross it off. Wish you would have remembered something? Add to the list right away so you can come back to it and never forget again.

2) Midweek flight deals
Money is always an important factor when traveling. Especially with gas prices the way they are, airline tickets do not come cheap. Depending on the flexibility of your schedule, try purchasing flight between Tues afternoon and Thurs afternoon. Deals are usually posted on Mondays, with other airlines often dropping prices to match in the middle of the week.

3) Dress smart
If you can afford to, wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing that still looks professional. Also wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off during security checks. The less layers the better, especially when checking-in. Need to wear a coat? Try packing it instead of wearing it.

4) Best snack? Yogurt
Yogurt helps fight off the bacteria that all over the place in busy airports. It also has protein and small amount of fat, which will fight off those hunger pangs in the afternoon. Instead of shelling out for salty airline snacks, grab a yogurt before you get on your flight and you’ll be good to go.

5) Know the rules
The more you know the ins and outs of the security checks, the faster you will get through, and the less stressful it will be. Have a laptop? It will have to be pulled out of the bag, but not necessarily its case if you have one. Also know the 3-1-1 rule: 3-ounce bottles, in a one-quart plastic bag, limited to one per passenger. You’ll save yourself a headache by simply knowing the guidelines.

What are YOUR favorite travel tips? Chime in! We’d love to hear from you!

5 Things to Never Do In Your Office

I am sure that you are a an ambitious, bright, and talented individual. We would like to think that’s all it takes to move up in the world, but, unfortunately it’s not. To keep moving up the power tree or corporate ladder you need to do more than the right things, you need to not do the wrong things.

Here are 5 things that will keep you stuck where your at… if they don’t get you fired.

1. Never say or write anything that you wouldn’t want the world to hear. You are a lot safer off assuming that everything that you say or write is on record somewhere and it can and will come back to haunt you.

2. Don’t grovel. Everyone is going to make mistakes, and when that happens it’s good to apologize. However, be sure you aren’t overdoing it. The best thing to do is to take responsibility and move on.

3. Don’t try to make an example out of your boss, or any boss for that matter. Sometimes you will make a point or have an “I told you so” moment with your boss, Don’t let that go to your head and don’t rub it in. Even if you win you lose in this situation.

4. Do not complain in the office. Save all of your frustrations for the eager ear waiting for you at home, or better yet just walk it off. No one wants to hear you complain, especially if they are dealing with the same things.

5. Never over promise or over commit. It makes sense that you would want to over deliver and work hard to get yourself that promotion, but choose your battles wisely. If you are strapped for time you shouldn’t commit to a project that is going to take up even more. Your boss will be more impressed with you getting your work done than you not getting an extra project done. What have YOU learned to never do in your office?
Rock on!!