Tip #274: Travel Itineraries and Workshop Locations

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A few weeks ago, I attended a workshop by Dan Poynter on how to write a book. Since he has written more than 100 books, he apparently knows what he is talking about! Many of his suggestions will be featured in upcoming Tips.

The two items in this Tip are drawn from the May 22, 2009 issue of SpeakerNetnews.com, which is one of Dan’s free eletters. He travels approximately 320 days a year to conduct workshops around the globe, which adds enormous credibility to the following recommendations.

Travel a lot? TripIt ( http://www.tripit.com) is a great no-charge tool for efficiently creating detailed travel itineraries. It automatically inputs flight info once booked, links hotel information with maps, directions, weather forecasts, and a method to add notes and important contact numbers about each specific engagement. It can save you a lot of time and make your traveling exceptionally smooth.

Need to find a good place to hold a workshop? If you are looking for a high-end location to hold your next workshop, avoid hotels and use Regus ( http://www.regus.com ). They offer boardrooms/meeting rooms for 8-100 participants by the hour through full-day in high-end business buildings across the globe that are very affordable. You can also establish a “virtual” business identity in these buildings for safety/security/image. (Who wouldn’t want an office in NYC/Dallas/Rome/etc.?) They have packages ranging from mail forwarding through answering inbound calls with your company name. Call and tell them your offer code is ‘satellite’ and they’ll give you $500 worth of credit towards their services. Some packages include use of an actual office as well as discounts on board/meeting rooms!

Next week, we will continue our look at some very useful gadgets, strategies and resources for trainers! If you’ve discovered some gems, please share them and we’ll use the Tips to pass the word along!


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