It’s a solemn responsibility to be an official representative of your company and travel to conduct business. And sure enough, pressure comes with the responsibility – research by Booking.com shows that one in four executives have tension problems during business trips. Here, business etiquette experts Arden Clise and Elaine Swann give tips on how to deal with it.
Plan your trip thoroughly before departure and you will feel less stressed during any rushes. There are many websites, services and mobile applications which offer effective tools to manage all aspects of your trip in a timely manner. Relying on them isn’t a bad idea.
#2 Know your destination
It’s important to check out, in advance, the background, weather conditions and appropriate clothes to wear at your destination(s). Having knowledge of the local customs and religious traditions, and spare clothes for a long weekend, will make you feel more confident.
#3 Re-check attire
Pack clothes which look appropriate, easy-to-care and versatile for different occasions. Don’t forget your tie, handkerchief, scarf or waistcoat which can be mixed-and-matched.
#4 Outfit in the air
Wear business attire for your flight i.e. not casual items such as jeans or tracksuits. Then, if your luggage gets lost you’ll still be able to attend the meeting with dignity intact.
#5 Arrive at the airport early
Arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure time. That will give you enough time to check-in, go through security and be at the gate without any rush.
#6 Reach your destination with time to spare
If the flying time is three hours or more, consider travelling a day earlier to avoid any unexpected hiccups with the flight or presentation. And also check the travelling time from the airport, or your hotel, to the meeting place taking traffic jams into consideration.
#7 On the way to the meeting
The less luggage you carry on a business trip, the better management and professionalism you show. If you’re leaving for the airport afterwards, rent a car with driver so you can leave your luggage in it. Just ensure you keep all necessary documents on yourself. Arrive at the meeting place with some time to spare, especially if you are borrowing equipment for a presentation.
When you are on a business trip, take a good attitude with you. Do not criticize any cultural differences in clothes, cuisine, decision-making processes, beliefs or politics.
Presented by Rangsimun Kitchaijaroen
Special thanks to Booking.com