We live in a time when mobile phones and online conferencing are everywhere. Perhaps the last few years have pushed us in that direction. Regardless, it might be time to get back to business.
Companies may view business travel as an expense they don’t need to bring back. They may not see the benefits that come from it. Sitting in an office and staring at a computer is not a replacement for putting your feet on the ground. Human interaction, gathering new experiences and getting inspiration are all things best done out of the office.
In person meetings – Face-to-face meetings are important to closing business. Some Fortune 100 companies won’t sign large contracts without a face-to-face meeting between company leaders. Think about it—would you trust your professional future to someone you’ve never met?
Networking – When you are out in the field, you have the chance to meet people you would never interact with if you were sitting in your office. This networking can take several forms. Perhaps you meet someone on a plane. You strike up a conversation and you find that there are synergies between your businesses. Or you’re visiting an existing customer and meeting someone else you don’t have a relationship with, and you figure out how your company can expand its footprint with this new contact.
Leadership – A key part of leadership is the ability to inspire others to have confidence in the company and its leadership team. To do this, you need to be visible—both with colleagues and with customers. Taking the time to meet with people in-person can help reinforce that you are invested in their success.
Human Interaction – The biggest reason why business travel is important is to have personal interactions. Face-to-face meetings can increase understanding, reduce miscommunication, and foster a team spirit. Business travel is more than a cost to your business.
So, when you’re thinking about getting back on the road…THINKLimo. We can pick you up at home and drop you off at any airport, or you can take advantage of our ThinkCity2City Service – your office on the road. Whether it’s an airport trip or a road trip, just call or text 414-482-9950…we’ll get you back to business.