So you’re off again – hoping to sell, buy, learn or teach – flights and hotel booked, appointments scheduled, presentations prepped, agendas agreed.
So far, so rational. But does it ever turn out like that?
If it did you might just as well have done the business by email and Skype. No, the real value of business trips lies in the unexpected, the chance encounters, the rare perspectives that only come along the way. You can never know exactly how things will turn out for you or for the folks you’ll chance to meet.
For fine examples of unexpected bonuses read my colleague Marit’s accounts from our 2014 trip to New York or her visit to India.
As we head off today to Warsaw for the FTTH conference we may think that the script is predictable, but the memories that survive will surely be unscripted.