Business Travel Survival Tips

Travel Tips for Long Flights

Business trips can require long airline flights and they don’t need to be exhausting. Planning for your flight ahead of time can make all the difference; keeping you relaxed and prepared for your business meeting.  Over the years most of us have come up with preparations that make business travel less stressful; here are our suggestions for arriving at your destination rested, relaxed and energized for your business meeting:

Before Your Flight Tips:

  • Three to five days before your flight try to reduce your appointments and free up your schedule some.  Relaxing, getting a good night’s sleep, drinking plenty of water can help your immune system stay healthy.
  • 48 hours before your flight up your fluid intake to at least half your body weight, the more the better.
  • If meals are sold on your flight, order ahead for a low fat, vegetarian, vegan or diabetic meal, they are usually fresher than the standard meals offered.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetable which can help prevent bloating and water retention.
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Employee Motivation: Build-Engage-Thrive

Elements of Team Building Basics


A major role for a company CEO’s or management leader is learning how to effectively motivate employees or team members.  Some people are born motivators, but all of us can learn skill sets that help us support the motivation of other individuals or a team.  Developing some simple skills can help you effectively support the motivation of others,  create less stress for yourself, while helping your company reach their goals and objectives.

Understanding people and what motivates them takes building relationship with your employees or team.  Ultimately, long-term motivation comes from people motivating themselves; below are listed some catalysts for motivation and ways we can effectively support employees in succeeding on the job:

ASK: Understanding what motivates people is essential to knowing how to motivate them.  The easiest way to find out what motivates people; find out what their passionate about.  Not only ask people, study their body language when they are answering questions for clues to how they really feel about a subject.

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San Francisco Relocation – Prepare to Fall in Love

Exploring San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco SkylineIf you are relocating or on temporary assignment to San Francisco, you might consider you are a lucky person.  San Francisco has been called “ Baghdad by Bay” and likened to Rome and Lisbon because the city is built around seven hills.  When I am new to area I usually ask questions of a “native” to find out about the real finds in my new city of residence.  Our curiosity and adventurous spirit motivates us to discover those special places that will become our new favorite places.

You can learn about a city in many different ways, but since San Francisco is known for a diversity of ethnic groups and it’s many neighborhoods, what a great way to explore your new city for your temporary assignment or relocation:

Fisherman’s Wharf: The Maritime Museum, with the lore of old sailing vessels to Love, Chaos and Dinner at Teatro ZinZanni, Fisherman’s Wharf has something for young and old alike.  If you like to shop or eat, the possibilities are endless.  Start with Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, stopping by the Buena Vista for an Irish coffee, to a little known treasure at Pier 45, Musee Mecanique.  Musee is a vintage selection of old player pianos, pinball and fortune-telling machines, which graced the Cliff House in the 1900’s and Playland at the Beach, with the bonus being that admission is free.

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Mobile Apps Increase Business Productivity

Improved Business Communication and Productivity

SLC Minilypse-City LibraryAt SuiteAmerica, we are enthusiastic about mobile apps and technology.  We have found mobile apps have improved communication with clients and increased our productivity.  We were wondering what the statistics were about mobile apps and business productivity, so we did some research.  We were intrigued with the findings.  Bill French of iPad CTO mentions, “an Aberdeen survey of 240 enterprises suggests that [overall], the use of mobile apps designed specifically to help employees get their work done, increased productivity by 45%.  Further, the data reveals that operational efficiency rises almost as much (44%) when enterprise apps are made available.”

Some further interesting data, Bill French says, “The productivity and performance survey data demonstrates why mobile app strategies are taking on an increased importance and gaining momentum in corporate IT and executive suites.  But this awareness extends all the way down to the smallest businesses.  As a result, it’s not surprising to see how this realization is affecting mobile app strategies in all types of businesses.”

Aberdeen reports the top three mobile strategies and their respective percentages:

  • Improve communication and collaboration among team members (66%)
  • Rapidly deliver actionable information to the point of decision (48%)
  • Use mobile software to increase customer intimacy (42%)

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