Tips From a Franchise Road Warrior On How to Be Grounded When You're in the Air
Raja Joshi of Golden Chick
International travel always sounds glamorous, but it’s hard on the body and the mind (not to mention the spouse left with all the domestic work). After six days on the road with several road warriors for the latest franchise trade mission, I asked Raja Joshi, director of international franchise support for Golden Chick, for some tips on how to mitigate the stress of long flights and frequent meetings. Before signing on with Golden Chick, Joshi spent 14 years with Chuck E. Cheese doing international deals. Here are a few things that work for him:
- Invest in a dual charger for your cell phone and computers, one that can charge in sunlight as well as an electrical outlet. “When you travel to someplace where the electricity is spotty, take it out in the sun,” he said.
- When you arrive at your destination and check in at the hotel, force yourself to sleep three to four hours (even if it’s the middle of the day). “It resets your body clock,” he points out.
- Don’t consume alcohol three hours before landing if you want to arrive alert. You don’t always immediately feel the affects of alcohol in the air, but you may as soon as you deplane. This is especially important if you’re planning on renting a car at your destination or have a meeting with prospective franchisees right away.
- Golden Rule: Be nice to the flight attendants—“otherwise you’ll decrease the level of service you receive” on a long flight.
- When meeting with your business contacts, “don’t get involved in political discussions.” Stay away from talking about religion, as well, he adds.
- Pack light. “One shirt for two days,” he says. “You always have the opportunity to launder shirts.”
- Prepare for travel five days prior. Pack and review your objectives for the trip so you have everything you need.
- Use the long flights as down time to relax. “Working on flights creates stress,” he says, which could lead to making errors. “Smell some roses,” he suggests. “Enjoy food, movies, rest.” Use your time for uninterrupted planning or reflection on the upcoming meetings and your objectives.