Saving Money on International Business Dealings |

For any business looking to expand its international audience, or to maintain its existing global client list, expenses incurred in international business dealings can be fairly substantial.

International business can equate to an extensive amount of travelling, whether by plane, train or auto-mobile. With the added scrutiny felt largely by high ranking officials within the public sector when it comes to expenses, now is perhaps a timely opportunity to reduce such costs.

Corporate travel agents who specialise in business travel needs may be an ideal option. These companies are able to provide discounted fares to their business customers, as well as offering advice and suggestions with regards to meetings and conference venues, thus saving you and your business time and money.

For many, the prospect of flying across the globe to build and develop client relationships is not a feasible financial or logistical option. In such cases, making contact via telephone is a cheaper alternative, however, it can still demand a hefty chunk of the company funds. In order to bring down your international phone bill it is advisable to shop around for a good deal on cheap international calls.

There are many services on offer for business customers, with prices starting from as little as 1p per minute for calls to various countries. In most cases, you are able to retain your existing number and provider. By simply calling the access numbers (numbers individual to each country and provided by the service provider), you can activate the discounted call rates.

Useful Business Etiquette Tips For Woman On Business Trip |

Business etiquette is another issue of concern for the female business traveler. En route, you may not be involved with clients. But once you arrive at your first meeting or set loot in a convention hall, you’re in a business setting, and etiquette questions arise. We especially challenging for a woman to combine the appropriate business response with the most well-mannered one. The two are not mutually exclusive. But many women have not had to face these etiquette questions at home because the situation occurs for the first time while they are traveling.

Convention Manners

Whether this is your first, trip or an annual ritual, an industry convention provides a unique opportunity for women to meet and network with others in their field. In some cases, others from your company may attend, perhaps even your boss. In any case, you are representing your firm and want to be on your best behavior. There will be some challenges to face-such as how to introduce yourself to perfect strangers and attending evening events while still getting enough sleep to face the next day’s seminars.

You may find that some men are more forward and aggressive at a convention. Keep your cool, and remember that the intensity and closeness of the setting can bring out the worst in people. Then, let it bring out the best in you. Step up to the challenge, because the benefits to your career are worth it.

Limit alcohol intake

After years of attending conventions, I think I have seen it all. Women who’ve had drink too much dance on tables. Men publicly, passionately kiss women (who aren’t their spouses) because they’ve both had too much to drink. At a convention, it seems, people want let their hair down. Although fun and frolic may be amusing at the moment, a minute-by-minute retelling of various sophomoric actions certainly can’t be comfortable for the participants upon return to the office.

Most often, the easiest way to reduce the potential for embarrassing behavior is to limit alcohol intake. This sounds simple enough, but many first-time convention attendees forget that maxim when the drinks are free. Promise yourself before you walk into the first convention event that you won’t have more than one drink. Switch to soda wafer after a glass of wine or that martini. Limit those wild nights and overindulging to non-business situations, when you’re in the company of your loving family or understanding friends-not when your job or future career moves could be in jeopardy. Even if no one from your office is at the convention, word somehow spreads and could come back to bite you.

Now that, you have the number-one convention problem under control, there are a few other considerations that will help make your convention experience easier.

Dress appropriately

This isn’t the time to bring out that very sexy dress you’ve de-dined to wear at the office, or to step into some flattering but killer high-heel pumps. Your feet will appreciate the low-heeled shoes after a day of standing!

Follow the convention dress code, wearing nice pantsuits or skirted suits. Make a fashion statement with a designer scarf or unusual jewelry, rather than a backless dress or a slit-to-high-thigh skirt. (On the practical side, dress in layers. Convention halls are notoriously freezing-or hot.)

Smile and shake hands

Keep smiling. You’ll be more relaxed and in a better mood, and people can’t help but be warm and friendly in return. Whenever you’re introduced, or is someone comes up to ask a question, remember to smile and extend your hand. Conventions are a great opportunity to network and meet others-and a smile and ready handshake helps smooth the way.

Some men have been taught, not to extend their hand first, to women, so you need to put your hand out for the handshake. To help recall a person’s name later, say his or her name aloud as you shake hands. Repetition is a memory aid, as is associating that, person’s name with someone you already know with the same name.

Be on time

It can be hard to judge how much time it will take to finish your breakfast at a restaurant crowded with convention attendees, or to figure out how long it will take to find rest rooms and locate a seminar room, but, don’t let new situations and distractions keep you from attending panels and other events on time.

When doors are constantly opening and closing because of late comers to a seminar, the rest of the attendees are disturbed. The mouse may also disrupt the speaker. It might be assumed that a woman late because she’s flaky or was still putting on her makeup. Don’t reinforce that image: Be polite and be on time. Pad your commute schedule with plenty of time-even if it means arriving too early. You can always bring something to read or work on.

Carry business cards

This is your opportunity to meet others in your industry. Don’t forget to bring lots of business cards and carry them with you to all events. People remember names when they see them in print. And the cards you collect may prove to be from valuable business contact later. When meeting others, initiate a business-card exchange as often as possible. Make sure to write a note or two on the back of the card you receive so you’ll be able to remember the contact later when yon sort, through a deck of cards after the trip.

Join a group

It can be downright scary to walk into a room full of people and realize you don’t really know anyone there. At, an opening event mixer, there is a business responsibility to network and meet others. But women have been taught to wait to be introduced. This situation is an exception to that old standard, and it will take some courage to get started.

First of all, put yourself in a positive frame of mind by reminding yourself that you are a bright, interesting, and professional individual whom others are just, waiting to meet. Look over the room and find a small group that isn’t clustered in a tight, exclusionary huddle. Walk up, smile, and say, “Hi. You look like you’re having an interesting conversation. I hope you don’t mind if I join you. My name is “

Alternately, you might find someone who is standing alone, perhaps looking over the scene much as you are. If there is entertainment, you can walk up, smile, and say, “Hi. This band is quite good, don’t you think? My name is…” and extend your hand. Or perhaps you can make a comment on the interesting presentation of the food or mention that you might have seen the person in a seminar earlier in the day, as a way of opening a conversation.

Often, such gatherings are designed to get participants to mix and meet new people. For example, there may be some sort of “ice-breaker,” perhaps clues written on the backs of name tags that direct attendees to seek out particular people. Or you may be assigned to a particular table or group. These devices should help ease you into making those initial contacts. Just be sure to keep the ball rolling after your first introductions.

Making safe small talk

Once you’ve got the conversation started, it may be difficult to keep it going. After you get past the usual questions about what someone’s job is and what seminars he or she has attended, it may be a challenge to come up with anything else to say. After all, those people are strangers.

First of all, play it safe and apply the standard rules of small talk – don’t discuss money, religion, or politics. An obvious topic is your industry. Perhaps there are some new developments, current issues, or even universal concerns that you could bring up. Some simple non-work topics to continue a conversation could include movies, vacations, music, art, sports, weather, or books. You can find out a lot about person just from these areas of interest. Some people like to discuss their children, but let someone else open that conversation, and enter cautiously. If you do discuss your work or employer, be positive. You don’t want to run down your company or be a complainer in a public forum.

Don’t overpower the conversation, but don’t be a shrinking violet. One of the most sure-fire ways to keep a conversation going is to ask questions or others. Most people enjoy talking about themselves, and it will help put them at ease.