Avoid Getting Sick on Your Business Travels: Keep Your Immunity Strong

Lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, different time zones; these are all major contributors to lowered immunity levels during a business trip. Pair that with long meetings, unhealthy food, and lack of exercise, and you’ll get a depleted system that can barely function. However, for a business trip to be successful, you need to give your 100%, and the only way to do that is if you feel at the top of your game. So, here are 3 easy yet delicious hacks which can keep you happy and healthy during your next business endeavor.

Sneak in a few drops of propolis

During most business meetings, you’ll be offered coffee, tea, water – some sort of refreshment. The smartest choice would be water or tea, as these won’t make you jittery, and more importantly, these healthier options pair beautifully with propolis drops. Bee propolis is a natural immunomodulator, i.e. a chemical agent that modifies the immune response by aiding the production of antibodies. Simply put, it helps the body create extra antibodies which in turn effectively fend off various bacteria, viruses, and other unwanted intruders that may cause ailments ranging from simple colds to more serious conditions, like pneumonia.

Furthermore, this naturally derived substance can also alleviate allergy symptoms brought on by mold and other external allergens, which may become worse when one’s immunity weakens. So, if you want to say goodbye to a sore throat, runny nose, and headaches during your meetings, make sure you sneak in 5-10 drops at least once a day into your beverages.

Switch from coffee to green tea

The average coffee consumption is 3.2 cups of coffee a day. That may not sound like a lot, but the odds are, you’ll double those numbers when you’re a on business trip. And while there’s no denying that coffee contributes to sharp concentration, speed, and attentiveness – all of which are important during business meetings – too much of a good thing can actually work against you. So, when you’re about to reach for your 4th cup of joe, reach for green tea instead. Green tea contains a considerable amount of caffeine (50 mg per 8-oz), which means you won’t experience caffeine withdrawal, but it also has additional benefits. Namely, it is loaded with antioxidants which can help fend off bacteria and naturally boosts the immune system.

Munch on healthy nuts

Healthy fats are crucial for a strong immune system, as well as proper brain function; and what better way to get them than through healthy nuts. So, instead of going for potato chips or other unhealthy alternatives, opt for almonds, peanuts, cashews, or walnuts. These are all convenient yet healthy snacks that can be consumed in between or during your meetings (if allowed). Unlike unhealthy alternatives, which mostly  contain saturated fat, healthy nuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids which boost the immune system, memory, and help fend off viruses. A handful of these a day will do the trick, and will drastically reduce the chances of you getting sick during your trip.

Favorable results are pretty hard to achieve without optimal health. So, to ensure your company’s success, take care of yourself first, so that you can take care of your business.

Guest Author, Jenny Holt, is a former HR executive turned freelance writer, who now spends more time with her young family and ageing, but ever eager Labrador, Rover.

How to Give a Great Impression at a First Business Meeting

An important business meeting is coming up and you’re worried about giving a bad first impression? Well, you don’t have to worry at all because we’re here to help you out. Here are four important tips on how to nail this task and give a great impression, so check them out and enjoy!

Dress appropriately in the first place

’Dress for success’ – you’ve probably heard this phrase a million times, but you know what? Dressing appropriately is vital, especially when it comes to a first business meeting,so make sure to bear in mind the time of the day and the location of the upcoming meeting. Formal business attire in dark, neutral colors is a good choice if you’re meeting with representatives of other companies. Of course,you can also try to anticipate the style of other participants, as dressing too casually or too formally often means that you haven’t thought about the purpose of the meeting. On the other hand, meetings that take place outside the industry norms usually allow more casual outfits, but remember that clean hair and nails, properly ironed clothes, and freshly shined shoes are always a must!

Always, always be punctual

Punctuality is another crucial factor that will help you give a great first impression at a first business meeting, so do your best to arrive on time no matter what. This is particularly true if you need to ride a bus or rely on any other mean of public transportation, so be sure to plan everything out to the tiniest detail. Renting a car is also a good idea,especially if you’re afraid that you’re going to be late, so go for an Avis Car Hire and you’ll undoubtedly make it on time. Just ensure not to arrive too early, as it’s likely to make other participants uncomfortable by cutting into their ability to prepare for the meeting. A few minutes before it is ideal, but you can always wash your hands, fix your hair, or drink some water if you arrive too early.

Try to make small talk before the meeting starts

Even though making small talk isn’t always desirable, the truth is that it’s more than welcome when it comes to giving a good impression at a first business meeting. It’s likely to put everyone at ease before the meeting starts, so do your best to relax a little bit and start by introducing yourself to the other participants. Besides that, you should also listen attentively to the conversation, without checking out your emails or scrolling down social media feed, which is quite rude in the business setting. Instead of that, just put away your phone and actually pay extra attention to the personal details that may seem irrelevant at that moment. In fact, these are quite meaningful if you think about it, as listening to other people and showing interest can help you make new friends and build a long-term relationship with other participants.

Do your research beforehand

Last but not least, doing your research beforehand is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to give a great impression at a business meeting. First of all, you should review all business materials in advance, so that you can figure out the company’s initiatives, goals, key projects, and recent accomplishments. You can also browse through their website and get a bigger picture of their business techniques and policies, so that you can gain some insight into the history of that particular company. Besides that, you should also come up with a few key questions before the meeting, so that you can find out everything you need to know and cover the most important objectives of the meeting. If your potential business partners are from a foreign country, you should definitely get informed on how to interact with people from other cultures and backgrounds, which may contribute to a better final result everyone will be happy about.

As you can see, giving a great impression at a first business meeting doesn’t have to be as challenging as you probably thought. All you have to do is to stick to our tips and guidelines and you’ll successfully nail this task, without a shadow of a doubt!

Guest author, David Webb, is a Sydney-based business consultant,online marketing analyst and a writer. With six years of experience and a degree in business management, he continuously informs the public about the latest trends in the industry. He is a regular author at BizzmarkBlog. You can reach him on Twitter or Facebook.

How to Find Work and Jobs Abroad

The idea of working abroad and leaving the U.S. is one that appeals to a lot of people. Maybe you’re a new graduate and you’d like to go overseas and utilize your skills, or perhaps you’re further along in your career and you’d like to make a change.

The idea is similar to people who come to the U.S. for work. Many people come to the U.S. on temporary work visas, and then they’re able to send money back to their families using services like Remitly and develop valuable skills in the process.

The following are some ways employees in the U.S. can take a page out of foreign workers’ books and go abroad to work.

Learn the Language

The sooner and the more thoroughly you can work toward learning the language of where you want to work, the more appealing you are going to be to prospective employers. You don’t necessarily have to be fully fluent, but if you are bilingual in both English and the native language of where you’d like to go, it’s going to be much easier to find employment.

Some employees may have the plan to go abroad from the start so they’ll start studying a foreign language while they’re in college. If you didn’t do that, don’t worry. There are plenty of online courses and classes that can help you with your foreign language skills as you’re searching for employment.

Consider U.S.-Based Employers

When you want to work abroad, you might automatically start looking at companies that primarily operate where you’d like to go. That’s fine, but there are also plenty of companies in the U.S. that have a reputation for sending employees abroad for a period of time.

For example, Deloitte is one such company. They have partnerships in countries throughout the world, and while their headquarters is in New York City, they also often send people on international placements. You don’t have to be a top executive, either. They send everyone including interns and entry-level employees abroad if they’re interested.

Another example is HSBC, which has an international management program.

Frequent Travel Jobs

Even if you don’t find employment with a company that will place you overseas for a year or two, there are jobs where it’s all about travel. One example is the Uber Launching Team, and another is Airbnb. These companies are known for having positions that are almost entirely travel-based, and they may even offer travel-based perks and benefits to employees.

Finally, you might explore a working holiday visa as well. A working holiday visa is something that people aged 18 to 30 or sometimes 18 to 35 may be eligible for, depending on the country. These options let people work abroad in different positions around the world as they’re traveling. You will have to show that you have a desirable skillset to get one of these visas, and you may need to show your resume as well.

It’s definitely possible to work abroad in different settings and ways, so if it’s a dream you have, doing some research can help you make it happen.

Traveling for Business: 5 Ways to Make it Hassle Free

If you are like Tom Stucker who has flown more than 18 million miles in his life as a business executive, then you may already know all the travel tips. Alternatively, if you are just starting out, then use these five tips to help you manage your corporate travel. Even if you are a pro, reconsidering the basics can never hurt as you may have forgotten key information over time.

Use Analytics

You need good travel analytics to make sure that the amount of traveling that you do is worth the effort. Look for business travel management companies that have elements designed to keep travelers safe and can help deliver emergency messages. Consider a company that has a variety of tools available with a special emphasis on mobile tools. The best analytics examine many possible factors before arriving at the best scenario and presenting it to the business traveler.

Choose a Travel Credit Card

Booking all your travel on one credit card often allows you to rack up points faster. These points can then be exchanged for things that you would normally pay for like free miles, hotel stays and dinners. Check your company’s travel policy to see if you can use your points to treat yourself while traveling.

Pack Light

If you can get all your stuff into a carry-on bag, then you have more options if something goes wrong. You can grab your carry-on and head to another line at the last minute if weather or plane trouble prevents you from catching your original flight. Once you board a flight, consider putting your carry-on in the overhead across the aisle from your seat. This allows you to watch so that other people do not accidentally grab it or smash its contents.

Count on Airport Lounges

If you are a frequent traveler, then choose to fly as much as possible on one or two airlines. This will give you access to their lounge. Depending on your credit card, you may also have access to some lounges. These locations usually have free food, drinks and quiet places to work. Some even have showers for the traveler who does not have enough time in their itinerary to head to a hotel.

Pick Your Hotel Room Carefully

Try to choose a hotel room that is not on the bottom floor, but is low enough that most emergency vehicles will be able to reach your location easily. That is often on the first 10 floors or so in well-developed locations while it may only be on the second or third floor in less-developed areas. Provide only your first initial and your last name when you are making reservations. Make sure that all windows and doors lock properly.

Following these simple tips will help you become a business travel pro. When all else fails, count on your own intuition as it will become stronger as you gain even more experience. Soon, you may be like Mr. Stucker and flying over 2 million miles each year.

Guest author, Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.  @LizzieWeakley

On the Road Again: 4 Adventurous Career Paths That Don’t Require a Degree

If you are looking for a career that provides you with a lot of adventure, there are many options out there. While some may require that you have a higher level of education, there are actually many that do not require you to have a college degree at all. These jobs can provide you with a significant amount of adventure and can lead to a very rewarding career.

Travel Industry

One of the best industries that you can work in if you are looking to get a job that provides you with more adventure is the travel industry. There are many different jobs out there that will allow you to travel to very exotic locations, take customers on excursions, and do a variety of other activities if you are willing to entertain and deal with traveling customers. Those that are in the travel industry will be able to choose from a wide variety of places to work and live. Further, most of these jobs require very little education.

Truck Driving

Truck drivers today continue to be extremely important and valuable members of our economic society. Since they are needed to ship products all over the world, truck drivers that are looking for adventure and excitement will be able to find some very interesting places and routes to work. Educational requirements for these jobs are often minimal and come through companies like Florida Truck & Trailer CO and can provide you with a great career path.

Commercial Fishing

If you enjoy being out on the open water and can handle some danger with your job, becoming a commercial fisherman could be a great option. Commercial fishermen work out of seaside communities all over the world. They are often very well-compensated and do not have to work all that frequently as they typically will earn enough during the high seasons to cover living expenses for a year. To become one, you will not need a degree as most fishing companies would prefer to hire those with experience and passion.

Travel Blogging

If you would like to see a lot of the world, you could also get a great job becoming a travel blogger. While you could get a job working for a newspaper or online magazine, those jobs often require degrees in English or writing. However, you could start your own blog and documenting your journey.

When you are looking for your next job, it is important to find one that excites you and that you are passionate about. This passion will keep you focused and help to improve your chances of obtaining professional success.


Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

Battle of the Marketing Strategies: Promotional Products vs. Traditional Advertising

Traditional forms of marketing have been around for a long period of time. As times changed, so have the methods of marketing, with digital marketing taking over the market. Now another new form of marketing that is gaining popularity is marketing using promotional products. 

Promotional giveaways through social media or at conferences are bringing in impressive business and thus are proving to be a better form of marketing than the traditional forms of marketing. Promotional items usually focus on your brand and do not distract the focus of customers. On top of that, it displays the brand logo and name clearly, etching its memory in the mind of your customers.

  • WHICH IS A BETTER INVESTMENT: PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS OR TRADITIONAL ADVERTISEMENT?

One of the most powerful terms in marketing is the ROI or Return On Investment. The modern age of communications is making the traditional forms of marketing something of a bygone era. Brands can now get associated with their customers first hand, which cannot be possible through traditional forms of marketing. Here are some pointers, which prove that promotional products are much better than traditional advertisement:

  1. Budget:

It does not matter how big your business is, but one thing common for all businesses is the budget. The budget will dictate in what type of marketing option you are considering to invest. Even if you are a huge business or brand, would it not be a good idea to invest less in advertisement and more in other sectors?

This would be possible with promotional products, as investment in promotional merchandise is much less than a minimal traditional advertisement. If your business is a start-up or a small one, then promotional items will definitely be the better marketing strategy.

  1. Length of Exposure:

Any advertisement, whether on a billboard or television and even the radio can hold the clients attention for a few minutes at the most. A promotional item, on the other hand will be able to hold the attention of your clients till the time they continue to use the merchandise and even after that.

Promotional products are usually daily use items that people will not throw away easily. As they continue using the merchandise with your brand logo and name, it will stay in their mind. It will also reach a larger group of people, as colleagues, friends and family get to see the promotional product and feel inclined to become associated with your brand.

It is basically a portable billboard that carries your brand name wherever it goes. This will offer continued exposure for your brand, which would not have been possible with traditional forms of marketing.

  1. Smaller, but Efficient Reach:

Using promotional items as part of your marketing strategy might not be able to reach a larger audience, as is the case for traditional marketing forms. Promotional items will, however, help you reach out to an audience that is interested in your brand and not the general mass who do not connect with the brand. This ultimately helps enhance the ROI, which can bring in monetary benefits for the business.

A traditional advertisement does not offer a face to face connection with the brand, which may alienate some customer towards the brand, whereas for promotional products the customers get a face to face interaction with you and your brand. This also plays an important role in targeting and achieving customer conversion as well as retention.

  • IS PROMOTIONAL MERCHANDISE TRULY WORTH YOUR RESOURCES AS AN EFFICIENT MARKETING STRATEGY?

As a business owner, you must have a simple goal: To let your brand reach millions.

This can be possible with all forms of marketing, but then come the other factors that help you take the decision like cost. Promotional products are of high quality, but do not cost too heavy on your pockets unlike traditional marketing.

Apart from that, promotional merchandise has a huge impact on a targeted audience, which converts into better ROI. Thus, investing in promotional items as your marketing strategy is definitely a brilliant and better idea. 

Author Bio : Jason possesses wealth of experience in the promotional merchandise industry as well as expertise to handle various aspects of the merchandising process, right from conceptualising branded merchandise to integrating them on global supply chains.

Traveling for Success in 2015 and Beyond

travel_blogAre you ready to make the most of your business travel? Whether you’re traveling strictly for business, or you’re traveling to further your education, you’ll want to make the most of every trip.

From seeking out opportunities to knowing your destination, what are some tips you can follow to make every trip successful, safe and worthwhile?

Make Technology Your Friend

Technology can make your trip so much easier. Before you leave, load up your phone with essential apps such as Yelp and Google maps to find your way around, plus airline and hotel finders. Pick out apps that will help you in your destination.

Don’t forget to program important business contacts, the number for your hotel, and the customer services number for your train or plane.

Keep Your Personal Brand in Mind

The article “5 Things to Consider When Traveling for Education and Career” suggests keeping your personal brand in mind at all times. After all, if you’re traveling for business you need to make a good impression.

Not to mention that any snaps or updates on social media could be seen by your colleagues! Dress well and stay professional at all times.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Whether you’re traveling for education or career, try to keep a positive attitude. If you can handle flight delays, language barriers and unfamiliar climes with grace and a smile, your trip is likely to be smoother and more enjoyable.

You’ll make better connections with the people you meet, and find they’re more open to helping you if you need it.

Look for Opportunities

Every place you stop on route gives you opportunities to learn, grow, and make good connections. If you’re traveling for business, show interest in your new colleagues and learn what you can about their business. You might find new business opportunities open up as a result.

Get involved in the local community too; even on a short stay you can eat local and get to know your immediate surroundings.

Learn About Your Destination

Educate yourself about your destination before you set out. From knowing which vaccinations you need to understanding the local culture, customs, and political climate, the more you can learn now the better your trip will be.

You’ll be able to stay safe and healthy, avoid any areas you need to avoid, and ensure you have everything you need for a good trip.

Pack Light

The lighter you pack, the smoother your trip will be. If you can master the art of packing lightly enough to avoid needing to check your bag, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort.

If that isn’t practical, at least pack a carry-on bag with all the essentials for a good trip; that way if you luggage goes missing, you’ll be prepared.

Get Comfortable

Don’t overlook comfort when traveling for business or education. Staying comfy will make your trip more enjoyable and less stressful, helping you to make the most of it.

Consider paying that little extra for more leg room, and invest in good earphones and an eye mask for a relaxing trip. Always pack water and healthy snacks to stay hydrated and keep your energy levels up no matter what your trip throws at you.

Traveling for business and education is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons, learn, and make connections.

Plan ahead for a successful, safe and enjoyable trip.

About the Author: Tristan Anwyn is an author who writes on topics including social media, SEO that works, and successful business travel.