For veteran business professionals, corporate trips become routine. Nonetheless, they benefit from setting goals as much as the novice.
Goals help professionals focus. Even though you find yourself at a convention with thousands of other peers, you can still accomplish at least one goal.
It’s tougher to accomplish some ideas over others. For example, a business deal doesn’t always close on the first, second, or third try. That’s something that requires groundwork and perseverance.
Staying present is a goal that professionals can accomplish. It’s a choice, and it sets the tone for the trip.
The following are nine realistic business goals to set for your next trip.
1. Execute the Trip’s Purpose
Companies invest in corporate travel, especially small- and mid-size shops. This means that the traveler must execute the trip’s purpose.
As previously mentioned, closing a business deal requires timing and research. If the deal does not close, attempt to get closer to closing it on the next try.
The top reasons why professionals travel include:
- Client meeting
- Training and development
- Conventions, conferences, and seminars
- Trade shows
- Meet with company colleagues in other offices
Making a business connection with at least one peer is a great way to make the most out of a meeting and conference.
Then, ensure that you execute the reason for the trip.
2. Arrive at the Airport with Time to Spare
A realistic goal is to arrive at the airport with time to spare. It’s one thing to experience a delay that is out of your control. It’s another to arrive at the airport late and miss the flight.
Last-minute travel in the corporate world happens. When you have enough time to plan, arrive early.
Arriving early at the airport affords you time to review trip documents, your itinerary, and reports. You can read, listen to a podcast, or meditate too.
When you fly business class, arrive early and enjoy the lounge.
If your trip is taking you internationally, take a peek at a checklist provided by Hotel Engine.
3. Catch Up on Email
During corporate travel, you will experience downtime. Unless you drive to your destination, flying and riding on trains, cabs, or rideshares affords you time to catch up on email.
You also have time to return calls.
Therefore, productively use your time. Set a goal to clean up your inbox, voicemail, and pending to-do list.
4. Meet Three New Business Colleagues
Veteran corporate travelers believe that their peers should never eat alone during a trip. Traveling for business affords the professional opportunities to set meal dates.
It’s also an opportunity to meet at least three new business colleagues.
When an office, company, or organization hosts out-of-town professionals, they provide materials to help them get around. They help connect out-of-towners too.
You can also take initiative and network.
5. Increase Brand Awareness
Travel is a good time to increase brand awareness. Entrepreneurs and small business owners must remain on the hunt for new business and clients.
The local market probably knows that your brand exists. Does the regional, state, and national market know it too?
Increasing awareness is as simple as handing out business cards, starting a conversation with other corporate travelers, and handing out useful corporate swag such as pens.
6. Find a New Business Idea
The start-up sector has shown the world that it’s possible to complete work tasks in new ways.
Traveling is healthy for entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives. The change in environment helps spark innovative juices; it also helps you see how others in the same field solve problems.
Therefore, aim to find a new business idea or an adjustment that helps your company solve problems more efficiently.
7. Pick Up a New Skill
A related goal is picking up a new skill. Keep in mind that you don’t always need a completely new one. Instead, search for ways to improve on a current process.
Small ideas and innovations help spark a bigger match.
8. Complete Expense Reports
Before you return to the office after a trip, aim to complete your expense reports. It prevents procrastination.
Since the trip is fresh in your mind, you can complete the reports more quickly. Plus, you can record your receipts before you have an opportunity to lose them.
9. Send Thank You Notes
It’s good manners and business etiquette to send thank you notes. In 2022, a thank you email is efficient. Sending hand-written notes adds a solid touch.
The point is to touch base with colleagues that you touched base with during your travels. This takes your networking game up a notch.
Business trips provide opportunities to grow as a professional. You can set goals to further your company’s interests and yours as a professional. Setting objectives optimizes your time and travel.