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Business Traveler

Business Traveler

Date: Apr 17 2007

Intro

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A few short years ago, the life of the business traveler was great. You would fly first class from city to city, drink and dine on the company tab, stay in plush hotel rooms, and milk that unrestricted corporate expense account for all it was worth.

But times have changed.

With increasing operating costs, companies are downsizing their staffs and budgets, putting the kibosh on the perks and lavish lifestyle that made business travel so much fun.

Listen to Taylor and John talk about business travel.

Dialog

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Taylor

Taylor

John

John

Taylor:  So, John. I hear you’re about to go on a business trip. Where ya’ going?

John:  This time I’m going to Montreal, Canada.

Taylor:  Excellent.

John:  Yeah, it should be a good time.

Taylor:  Are you going to stay at a four-star hotel with a fruit basket, all on the company card?

John:  Well, you know, that is typical for people when they go on business trips to stay in a little higher-end accommodations, and eat a little bit better. But I try to do it just like I would if I was traveling normally, actually.

Taylor:  So, you know, they have Motel Six up there in Canada?

John:  Yeah, you know, they have a campground, but I think it’s full, so I’m probably going to do the Motel Six action.

Taylor:  So, you know, I know that you’re going to be meeting with, ah, you know, people who potentially could be a business client and, ah, do you think you’ll be taking somebody out to a fancy business lunch?

John:  Yeah, that’s a good point. If I’m eating by myself, I’ll eat on the cheap, like I would normally. But if I’m trying to impress a client, or to do something with a potential business relationship, then I definitely take them out to a nice meal and give them a couple drinks, and make sure they have a good time because that fifty dollar investment can go a long, long ways.

 

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Discussion

During a business luncheon or dinner, etiquette is important. Some people believe that the way a person behaves at the dining table shows how he/she conducts his business relationships. So, be on your best behavior.

Here are some things to consider when dining with American business clients:

- Arrive at least five minutes early.

- Offer a firm handshake when you meet your partner.

- While eating, chew your food with your mouth closed.

- Don’t wear too much perfume or cologne.

- Don’t accept all the cocktails John offers you. (He has a reputation!)

 

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aoyunhui

aoyunhui

China

- Don’t accept all the cocktails John offers you. (He has a reputation!)
what does that mean?

02:54 AM Oct 12 2011 |

sierbird

China

They are discussion about the boy’s business trip to Montreal.


Business trip is always  about living in high-end accomodation,  eat nice , and all is paid by the company


He eat on the cheap side alone, but will impress the client potential with a nice dinner.


 

12:30 AM May 10 2011 |

Amy.Hsu

France

this is a good topic but it seems too shortly

01:32 PM Sep 26 2009 |

mike20012

mike20012

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

that was amazing.just amazing

05:44 AM Apr 25 2008 |

haitham4vip

Egypt

ya and we still wait more …

02:57 AM Dec 28 2007 |

sunoffebruary

Turkey

thanks a lot for sharing.
it is useful for me, and i wish this lesson longer.

08:47 PM Jun 03 2007 |

ahosokawa

United States

This is a re-run.

03:07 PM Apr 22 2007 |

calipha3

calipha3

Egypt

very true.all on the company card

12:52 PM Apr 19 2007 |

ricewucurry

Myanmar

Great! so practical

06:29 AM Apr 19 2007 |

Mouniradel

Mouniradel

Egypt

i love business

01:45 PM Apr 17 2007 |

hady

hady

Russian Federation

this is my advice for business trip: fiddle ur expences, and a company will compensate you money you didnt spent))

11:26 AM Apr 17 2007 |

getchar

getchar

Algeria

I knew a buisiness travel man ..who always go to eat on the cheap..than going to a four star hotel ..even every thing could be on his company card…to make a good impression while saving money for his company!!

11:08 AM Apr 17 2007 |

mikejones

Namibia

that topic is hot and hapening

09:34 AM Apr 17 2007 |

somaliland

somaliland

Somalia

As i infered from the topic.In the business there is lavishly live during trips.

08:20 AM Apr 17 2007 |

lyamlf123

lyamlf123

China

I agree with ayenk.

07:04 AM Apr 17 2007 |

abdeeq

abdeeq

Somalia

Good Topic

05:51 AM Apr 17 2007 |

mariaelperez

Peru

Good for learn.

01:49 AM Apr 17 2007 |

ayenk

ayenk

Indonesia

I think when people are going for business trip, their companies will pay for their accommodations. Which is we can stay in nicer places, good food, to impresse a client.

12:52 AM Apr 17 2007 |

aileen

aileen

China

Great! It’s very practical to be used in life.

07:57 AM May 04 2006 |

ointment

ointment

Taiwan

It’s funny!I like it!

07:44 AM May 03 2006 |

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