Are you a frequent traveler for business? Think of your trips like preparing to participate in a sporting event.
Every trip is a chance to fail or succeed. Much of success is based on how you think and prepare. Like participation in a sporting event, you need to be thinking clearly … and physically prepare. Use a “game-day” process for travel that minimizes your stress and maximizes your energy. Things to consider for your process:
- Make sure your presentation or meeting message is optimal and you are ready to deliver it powerfully. Feel good about going.
- Have full backups for your material and equipment. Thumb drives and presentations stored on the cloud may allow recovery if your laptop does not work.
- For key meetings or presentations, have a backup flight plan (schedule an alternate flight plan if the meeting/presentation is a big one).
- Pack systematically. Maintain a packed bag for all but what is unique for the trip.
- Pack one bag to check and another on the plane. Dress for the flight so you would not be embarrassed if your bag does not make it in time.
- Be prepared to dress up or down if you are not certain of the standards at the meeting.
- Know the weather expectations (and plan for them to be wrong).
- Take care of yourself physically. Get sleep, meditation and exercise that works for you. Consider allowing time for adjustment with multiple time zones.
- Get to the airport early enough to give yourself a margin of error and a chance to relax.
- Use express airport services like CLEAR and TSApre to save time and hassle.
- Consider relaxation on the flight. Airlines drop the oxygen by half so it makes it harder to concentrate anyway. Save your energy for the “big game”.
- Know where you will sleep, and how you will get there. I use a hotel chain I know is consistent, and where I am an elite member.
- Know exactly where the meeting is and who to make contact with on site (exchange mobile numbers).
- Breath to keep centered and focused on your purpose for the presentation or meeting.
- Reach your goal – win the game!
There are many parallels between business and sports. That is why so many business people use sports analogies to simplify concepts and make them more tangible. We have several examples in our The Sport of Business video series.