Travelling for Business Can Be Great or Travelling for Business Can Test Your Patience
Business travel can be fun and exciting. It can take you to many locations that you would've never experienced otherwise and give you an opportunity to
connect with colleagues and peers in diverse locations. Many stories have been told by highly tenured salesmen and sales women of the good ol' days of annual sales conferences at 5 star Hawaiian beach resorts and 5 store Floridian golf hotels. The travel they had to do felt so much like a vacation that often times these gals and guys would bring their families along.
Let's examine a story from the opposite end of the spectrum. Let's review the time Livy and her boss Foley had to travel together for business. Livy's patience was truly tested.
It was a very cold raining early Spring morning. Livy had to get up at 4 a.m. to meet Foley at their office to drive together a few hours south of their city to a subsidiary location. When Livy entered Foley's car he told her that his heat was out. It was so cold that Livy's toes started to get numb. They had to stop by a Walmart for Livy to get a few more pairs of socks to put on. Foley talked Livy's head off the entire ride. He asked more than a few intrusive questions. Foley played a far left news radio station in the background which went against all of Livy's beliefs.
The two of them finally arrive and their names are listed on the marque. Livy smiled seeing her name listed with a nice "Welcome" greeting but she was hungry. Foley promised to stop to get something to eat for breakfast but there was no time. The people that they went to meet hadn't even showed up when they arrived. When they finally did arrived and met it was like they were speaking two different languages. It took awhile for them to all get on the same page. Finally lunch time arrived but they were in the middle of no where. There was one diner nearby and Foley didn't want to go any further because it was raining so hard. The diner was gross. The cook looked like her played in his booty all day. Livy felt that if she got something off the grill it would at least burn off any possible germs.
After lunch Livy and Foley returned to the office where they had meetings all afternoon. The admin stopped by to warn everyone that in this low plane area floods were common and that the waters were starting to rise. Foley didn't listen. They stayed till the end of the day. As they started out to return home on back country corn filled roads, it was effident that the admin wasn't lying. The corn fiels looked soaked and the roads were beyond wet. They were 40 miles away from the highway. Livy prayed that they would make it through and not get flooded out. Livy was too done with Foley. She maintained her cool but had been slowly losing patience throughout the day.
Thank goodness the rising waters didn't overtake them and they made it to the highway. They experienced slow downs the entire ride home. By the time they got back to the office it was 9:30 p.m. By the time Livy got home it was closer to 10 p.m. Livy silently swore to never get in the car with Foley ever again.
Moral of the story: Business travel can be great but often times its not. Most times you are not traveling to and relaxing at 5 star resorts. While business travel is a necessary compenent of most jobs business travel can definitely test your patience. The key to surviving and enjoying less than pleasant business travel is to control what you can and be at peace with what you can't.