Lucy Brazier is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession. As CEO of Marcham Publishing, publisher of Executive Secretary Magazine, Lucy regularly travels over 100,000 miles a year. In the last 12 months alone she has visited 41 different countries, speaking at a mind boggling 189 different conferences, training courses and special events. So who better than to share some Top Tips for busy travelling Executives? meetingsclub’s Mark Bailey managed to grab a few minutes with Lucy before she hopped on another plane.
Lucy Brazier’s Personal Top 6 Travel Tips for International Executives:
- Choose an airline that you like and stick with them so you can quickly gain “Gold Status” – this will enable you to access First Class Lounges which offer a much calmer environment to work and get something to eat. Gold Status also enables you to select your seat preference early eg an aisle seat.
- Book a special meal which is served as soon as the flight takes. You’ll get the chance get to sleep much quicker particularly on overnight flights.
- Be “kinder to yourself” – try and fly a day before your engagement/meeting and get a massage if you’re flying long-haul.
- Consider using a nasal gel to stop de-hydration when you’re breathing and drink lots and lots of water.
- Get up regularly and wander around the plane. Stretch exercises also keep the blood flowing and reduce the risk of DVT.
- To combat jet lag, immediately set your watch when you get on the plane to the time of your end destination – and then when you arrive, carry on exactly the same as a local. Also, a 20 minute nap can help boost energy levels.
And take a look at Matthew Want’s (EA to Lucy) great advice on how to help your boss when they are travelling on business abroad:
- Plan in advance particularly when it comes to Visa applications. Try and apply online, but remember some countries require a face to face meeting before issuing a visa. Plus, visa requirements can change so it’s always worth re-checking the current country entry status
- Create a detailed itinerary from the first flight departure until to your Executive returns. Include all hotel and meetings and always have a copy of their Passport as this is invaluable if items such as phones or bags are stolen, and proof of identity and ownership is required
- If things go wrong, don’t forget to use your overseas network of contacts to help
- Research local customs and social/business etiquette in advance. Remember when visiting Papua New Guinea to take a reciprocal gift for dinner!
- Know what the local emergency numbers are for each country being visited – you never know when it might be needed!
- Always be there for your boss – good communication is key!