Business travel is necessary but tiring. I just came back from a relatively quick trip to Malaysia and Singapore.
Wonderful colleagues and people there. Delicious spicy food (I love hawker food). It was an "aggressive listening" tour to observe the business climate, make sales calls, and be the main presenter at two customer seminars. Plenty of follow-up action items to do. Home office people either do not travel enough to meet and actively listen to the "troops" or show up as "seagulls" (squawk around like they're very important, leave a mess, and then bug out). All I know is not to be a seagull and follow up on agreed upon actions. Your word is critical when you travel and trust is everything.
The most difficult thing about travel personally is being away from family. Thank goodness for video calls but time differences can be an obstacle.
Love is just a word until someone comes and gives it meaning.
Frank Lio is a Product Manager, Strategist, and Change Agent in the Hi-Tech industry. His growing track record of successes include creating 3 winning software products, leading nationwide seminars, and turning around a failing business unit. He is currently serving a dual role as Product Manager and Business Team Support Manager at Instron ITW.
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