Have A ‘Hot Box’ Ready
People who travel a lot for work have worked out all sorts of smart ways to save time and hassle. One of the best tips I’ve heard is to have an extra set of everything you need (toiletries, pyjamas, etc…) that stays packed and ready in your suitcase by the door. Rushing off to the airport? No problem! Just add clothes for the next 48 hours and you’re ready to go.
I like to do the same thing for networking events. I have a bag next to the door fully stocked with business cards, flyers for an upcoming event or Special Offer, and a presentation binder with a one-page bio, newsletter sign-up, testimonials sheet and anything else I might want to have handy when in a sales conversation. I may not use everything I bring, but knowing it’s there makes me feel light-hearted, confident and prepared. I attend more events because of this, and I’m more successful when I do.
Immediate Action: Make a list of items you’d like to have at your fingertips at all times. Collect those items and put them into an attractive carrying case to leave by the door. Now you’re ready with your own Hot Box!