The frequent business traveler: A modern corporate Olympian
Colleen Burns 120000C4RP firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  travel_tuesday social paul_band social_business
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I sometimes think of my kind as a top class of athlete: the frequent business flyer. In this scenario one's prize could be bronze, silver, gold or platinum—and the prize is all important in reflecting one's elite status in the sport.
Over the last year I have developed a few strategies for passing the time while waiting in the airport or on a long plane ride. These include checking in with sites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare in the hope that I'll have some company during this time. I also try to use this time to blog on lessons learned and best practices I've developed over the last few weeks.
I've also found some tips to help the journey run more smoothly and time pass more quickly:
I'm very fortunate to enjoy the work I do in many different locations discussing social business. I've worked with various clients in a multitude of industries. Noteworthy are the marble-lined walls of Goldman Sachs in London and a chemical factory in the north of England where the graffiti in the lavatories walls left nothing to the mind!
I'll be thinking of you next time you're up before dawn to catch that early flight, having arrived early at the airport to beat the traffic that never was. So keep your sights on the gold!
What travel gear do you prefer, and what are your business travel survival strategies? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Paul Band is a technical consultant for IBM Software Services for Collaboration in the UK. Paul specializes in the implementation and administration of collaboration systems. Paul is especially passionate about using social networking to find expertise and widen his network. Paul co-authored a Redbooks wiki publication on Domino administration best practices and enjoys cycling and crazy golf.