by Pavel Curda @eu-startups.com
Meeting business partners, new interesting people, learning about trends, sharing your knowledge and ideas, having fun at offsite events, meeting locals, discovering new places. Make sure to get the most out of your business trips. Here are 10 tips that might be helpful:
1. Pick the right events which are relevant to your business. Remember that time spent networking means time not spent building your product. Striking a balance between the two is important. Learn who else will be attending the event and start networking one or two weeks prior to event. Remember to do follow-ups. Focus on meeting people rather than watching presentations. I use these
2. Do not waste money on travel. Book tickets in advance. I use the
3. Do not waste money on expensive accommodation. Unless conference organizers cover accommodation, there is no need to spend much on a hotel. You will not spend much time in your hotel room, anyway. You will be busy out networking, or having fun in the city. Use
4. After your business event, take some time to meet local business communities. I use
6. Have fun in the city – ask your local friends to recommend you a good tour guide. Sign up for free tours. You pay after the show and you get often better services compared to commercial or city-sponsored pre-paid tours. I use
7. Travel light. Be disciplined and strategic with what you choose to take along. Do not bring anything you will not use every day. Travel is about the experience, not what you bring with you. Use some tips from this list of
8. Use conference app (if there is one) to discover attendees and speakers. Follow the event’s hashtag on Twitter and arrange meetings. I use
9. Download Uber, mytaxi, Lyft, or alternative transportation apps available in your destination before arriving. Conference organizers often offer discount codes, free rides.
10. Do not forget your daily rituals. I do
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