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7 Ways to Make the Most of Business Travel Down Time

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Waits for connecting flights and hours spent in unknown cities can feel like a huge waste of time with nothing to do and nowhere to go. Invest this downtime wisely and get even more out of your business travels with these seven simple tips.

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  1. Arrange More Meetings

If you have received your business trip itinerary and there are apparent gaps in your schedule, fill these with meetings, dinners and coffee catch ups with local industry heads. Use LinkedIn to seek out relevant professionals and enquire about the possibility to meet up to discuss business, ideals and concepts.

These meetings can be used to develop leads, connections or simply to swap ideas between industry figures.

  1. Optimise your Next Trip

Make sure this down time does not occur again by optimising and streamlining your next business trip. Services such as Partner Plus Benefit from Lufthansa can make it more affordable to travel on a premium airline and Hilton Hhonors from Hilton Hotels can ensure waiting times of hotel check ins are significantly reduced. Such schemes can help ensure your next business trip is more efficient and optimised.

  1. Develop New Skills

Travelling overseas is the perfect opportunity to learn a new language. This added feather to your cap can help in both personal and professional endeavours. A new skill such as fluency in a foreign language is a fantastic feather in your CV’s cap. Educational tapes from Rosetta Stone are ideal for learning a new language, shutting you off from the outside world and allowing you to concentrate the entirety of your mind on the subject.

  1. Upgrade Your Mobile Roaming

Keep abreast of news developments all around the world and escape the clutches of expensive data roaming charges by upgrading your phone’s tariff to include unlimited (or substantial) data roaming allowances.

MoneySavingExpert.com offer an in-depth guide to data roaming and how to find a tariff which will allow you cut your mobile internet usages costs whilst overseas.

  1. Run a Diary

You’re an interesting person, right? You’re travelling somewhere new and exotic, right? So surely people will be more than interested to learn about you and your travels. Keep a diary throughout the duration of your trip so your adoring fans can keep up-to-date with your antics and escapades. Add extra value to your diary by including pictures and videos to online diary updates.

Vine is a fantastically, simplistic way to produce and upload short, digestible videos to an online blog.

  1. Seek Inspiration from New Surroundings/Cultures

Like AJ Hackett deriving the inspiration for the bungee jump when visiting the South Pacific island of Vanuatu; use your new experiences as an opportunity to expand your understanding of business, development and marketing models. Embrace new ideas and philosophies and try applying them to your business standards to see if they can progress your wares, services and methodologies.

  1. Freelance

If you have an hour spare, get paid for your expertise through freelance work. People Per Hour is a freelancer hub, offering the services of skilled professionals in a wide range of different disciplines. Setting up shop, you can set your own freelance rate for your professional services, determined by the quality of your work and use up an hour (or many hours) and receive a monetary gain.

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Trump Comments on Stock Market’s latest drop – says it’s ‘peanuts’

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Trump says Tuesday’s market drop is ‘peanuts’

President Donald Trump played down the stock market’s losses on Tuesday as “peanuts” when compared with the importance of striking a good deal with China and the gains since his election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average “was about 16,000 or 15,000 and now it’s almost at 30,000,” Trump said at the NATO summit in London. “It’s going to be at 30,000.”

“If the stock market goes up or down — I don’t watch the stock market. I watch jobs. Jobs are what I watch,” he added. Today’s move is “peanuts compared to — we have picked up record numbers so that’s OK. That’s the way I feel.”

The major stock indexes slid Tuesday after Trump said he thinks it would be a good idea to delay signing a trade deal with China after the 2020 presidential election. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 450 points at its lows on Tuesday, led lower by trade-vulnerable AppleCaterpillar and 3M.

“In some ways, I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal, but they want to make a deal now, and we will see whether or not the deal is going to be right,” Trump told reporters before U.S. markets opened Tuesday. When asked if he had a deal deadline, he added: “I have no deadline, no. … In some ways, I think it is better to wait until after the election if you want to know the truth.”

Despite his assurances that he doesn’t watch the market’s daily moves, Trump often tweets within hours of when the U.S. equity market reaches an all-time high. He has tweeted the keyword “stock market” 107 times since his inauguration

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11 kids quotes we’re all feeling

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Ok so there’s always that time when you just wish so bad you could straight up say whats on your mind, but you know you really shouldn’t, so you don’t. Well leave it up to kids to say exactly what you’re feeling, no hesitation or regret. Check out these kids quotes that say everything you wish you could!

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How to become a better businessman in 6 steps; Priceless advice from Entrepreneurs

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Become a better businessman in 6 steps following this priceless advice from accomplished entrepreneurs.

  1. “Do something you’re very passionate about, and don’t try to chase what is the hot passion of the day.”

    Jeff Bezos accentuates having passion for what you are doing, because if you don’t love it you are much more likely to give up. It’s hard to take an idea and turn it into reality, especially by yourself or when people whom you respect tell you it can’t be done. The passion and love you give to your project will determine it’s success rate over time.

    Jeff Bezos Become a better businessman

  2. “Don’t let people who you may respect and who you believe know what they are talking about tell you that it can’t be done.”

    Pierre Omidyar continues to say that often they will tell you it can’t be done and that’s only because they don’t have the courage to try it.

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  3. “If you know exactly who you want to be, you need to spend as much time [as possible] with people that are actually that already.”


    This advice from Gary Vaynerchuk is actually priceless when it comes to success in the business world. Think as well “It’s not what you know but who you know,” and surround yourself with people you look up to. Human’s adapt to their surroundings quickly, and soon you won’t just want to be an entrepreneur, you will also know how to act like one.

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  4. “Come up with 10 new ideas every day.”


    Coming up with at least 10 new ideas every day will keep your “idea muscle” in shape, which is critical for an entrepreneur in order to keep going and stay ahead of the fast paced business world. James Altucher continues to say that once you’ve done this for about 6 months you will be an idea machine. New ideas keep passionate projects alive and ensure growth in every direction.

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  5. Realize that, “naturally, nobody is interested in your ideas. You have to persuade them, and you have to show them that you are the one person out there that can do it.”



    Robert Greene, an American author known for his books on strategy, also says that “no one is really going to help you or give you direction.” Realizing this sooner than others will give you a head start and the ability to stop looking for recognition in others. Instead, you can focus on your passion project and make it perfect, and the world will not be able to ignore it.


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  6. “Don’t think about ‘how do I get big fast.’ That will happen if you build something meaningful and important.”




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    Danae Ringelmann’s advice is not something to skip. If you rush your ideas or your product you will be relying on luck more than anything to create success for you. While luck is certainly involved in alot of things, relying on it or betting on it to ‘get big fast’ doesn’t help you become a better businessman. Being proud of what you create, instilling passion into your work, and working hard will ensure success more than anything.


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