You just flew a 500 miles for a short business meeting. How do you make sure you make full use of the time here and make business travel more than getting from point A to point B? Here are 5 tips you should try on your next business trip, to increase your network and maximise productivity:
Make new friends, new connections
Travelling alone on a long distance flight? A study by Virgin Atlantic shows that 1 in 5 has done business with someone they met on a flight. Instead of immersing yourself in in-flight entertainment, why not open up to conversations, make new friends with the traveller next to you? If the traveller happens to be a local, you will gain a wealth of valuable tips.
Connect with existing Linkedin Contacts
Have a Linkedin connection in your travel destination whom you have not met in person or have not met in a long time? Strengthen the online connection with actual face time – contact them before your trip to arrange a coffee session near your meeting or hotel location.
Meet Like-minded individuals
Before arriving in the city, research on the available conferences, exhibitions or seminars where you can meet like-minded individuals in your industry.
Activities within the hotel
Holed up in a hotel room, ordering room service and watching movies? Check with your hotel for any activities for guests – some hotels organise social nights right at the hotel’s bar or restaurant. It’s a great time to meet new people in a relaxed setting. Otherwise, hit the gym!
Get in touch with the Locals
With low cost of local calls when roaming, you can easily contact friends and colleagues who are living in the city. Smoothly ask them for recommendation of dining venue, and turn it into a lunch or dinner meeting!
By approaching business travel like a networking game, you can gain valuable network of connection all over the world, while maximising the value of each trip. Try it on your next trip!