Are you looking for ways to take your business to the global stage?
Travelling for business and pleasure opens up a new world of possibilities — with a little perception and preparation.
How often do you hear people complaining about their body clock when they travel overseas? I travel 8–10 months of the year and my number 1 tip is: look after yourself.
Have a look at how you can travel with ease. Perhaps you can use your frequent flyer points to upgrade or buy a business class ticket. By the time you arrive at your destination you’re way fresher.
I am Platinum in Qantas and Gold in Star Alliance so I get treated really well. I have more luggage allowance and access to lounges, which means I can relax during transit and have a glass of champagne while I catch up on emails.
Use a little manipulation to get better treatment when you travel. It is not wicked or bad. Manipulation is you being the amazing, phenomenal invitation that actually inspires others to choose differently.
Having a fun fitness routine is another priority when travelling through different time zones and countries. I’ve downloaded a whole lot of Zumba and yoga apps so I can do a 20-minute workout before starting my day. Sometimes I go for a run or walk and see the sights. Recently I went for a run in Rome and all the amazing historical sites that I’d studied at school were laid out before me.
Be tax savvy & embrace wealth
Travelling for your business can be a tax deduction. When you travel 50km outside where you live in Australia, you can claim all meals and groceries, especially if you’re visiting clientele, doing site inspections, or looking at future venues. You might even want to check out the European market if you’re in beauty or fashion.
Another thing that works for me is having lots of cash. I feel more creative when I have lots of cash. Carry the amount of cash that a wealthy person would carry. This sounds unusual, but getting comfortable with having, and being perceived to have money, invites more of it into your life. Don’t worry about losing it; you’re super aware when carrying lots of money.
Business travel doesn’t have to be back-to-back meetings. Take time out to enjoy life and you never know who you’ll meet. Go to Italy and taste great wines, or discover great dining. I recently was in Turkey and we went to a restaurant where they had the most amazing displays of grilled meats that was just divine. I was working but also discovering and enjoying Turkey.
What if the whole world of travelling was about having an adventure? When you travel you learn more about what interests you and you also see how other cultures function. What if you could expand your clientele and expand your business in all of those places?
Be aware of what is required in each place you’re visiting. For instance, not every city in India is the same. Mumbai is pretty westernised but Delhi is more traditional and you may need to dress more conservatively there. If you’re in Dubai during Ramadan know what’s required. I once got into trouble for walking around with a coffee in my hand. Find out what’s considered polite in different cultures and what religious or local festivals are on when you’re visiting places.
When travelling, don’t withdraw your energy from your business or your staff. Include them in everything you do and choose and stay in touch with the office. You don’t have to go by the time zone you’re in. Or you could ask a question like, who or what requires me today? Then you’ll know whom to call and what to ask them.
I don’t expect everyone to know my travel schedule so I always say: “Ring me whenever you want; text me, skype me. You’ll never disturb me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can”. My phone is always on silent except when I sleep.
When I first wrote Joy of Business, I did not anticipate that one day it would be translated into 14 languages — we recently launched the Chinese edition. The reality of business is changing. Do you want to access your small, local audience or do you desire to access the world?
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