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How to handle the tough calls of business travel

To those who don’t fly off every week (or every month) to business meetings and conferences around the United States, business travel can seem like a glamorous perk. After all, business travelers get to visit other cities, experience new restaurants and often stay in luxury hotels…all on the company’s bill. However, the reality of business travel can be vastly different. To arrive at a business meeting at a reasonable hour, travelers have to leave home well before dawn and usually return home in that late (if not early morning) hours. Meals may be paid for, but they are usually grabbed on the run, not savored as you would on vacation. As for seeing America on the company’s dime. Most business travel gives you the opportunity to see the inside of hotels, airports and conference centers, not the local sights and attractions.

In addition to the long hours and not-so-glamorous reality, business travel also presents a number of potentially awkward situations, with co-workers, hosts and clients. Being able to anticipate these situations can help you avoid offending people while still holding to your boundaries and professional ethics.

Tough calls in business travel…and how to avoid them

1. Those after-work drinks. After work drinks seem to go with the territory in business travel. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to partake or close the bar every night with your clients and co-workers. There’s nothing wrong with saying that you have work to do or that you have to get up early to catch a flight (if you do.) After all, you need a little alone time when you travel for business. If all else fails, you can always enlist the bartender to pour you weak or non-alcoholic drinks and/or dump that shot that your client just bought you in the potted plant.

2. Who rents the car and who drives. If you’re traveling with a team, it can be awkward deciding who is responsible for transportation. A good rule of thumb is to leave that to the team leader and/or the person on the team who will be using the car the most.

3. Sharing a room. While most companies will spring for private rooms, there are occasions when you may have to share accommodations. Respecting another’s privacy is the key here. Change clothes in the bathroom and keep you possessions and toiletries neat and contained. If snoring is an issue, you can download a white noise app, such as Sleepy Sounds.

Traveling on business doesn’t mean that you have to go along with situations that make you uncomfortable or place others in awkward positions. Being prepared with ways to handle such situations can help you diffuse potentially awkward situations without having them become a barrier or an issue between you and the other person. Follow this link – corporate travel