What is the social secret of a carry-on bag? And why is it important to travel with a light carry-on when you are in Europe? What’s the best carry on bag for global business women travel? This episode is all about career networking tips in a carry-on.
And why is it important to travel with a light carry-on when you are in Europe? What’s the best carry on luggage for business travel? This episode is all about career networking tips in business travel carry on bag.
1. Carry-on luggage gives you more network opportunities
This is the story I mention in the first episode “From a New Hire to A Rising Star Over a Two-day Business Trip”. I was flying to Las Vegas and I sat next to the new VP on the plane.
Because we were the only two colleague that did not check luggage for a two-day business trip, I was able to go to the hotel first with her and share a car ride with her. We had many in-person conversations. Because of this, I was able to build rapport with her as a new hire over a two-day business trip.
People who don’t check luggage is are usually business executives frequent flyers and people who focus on productivity. These people are more likely to be able to help you with their resources.
2. A carry on bag reflects your professional style
It shows that you are sleek and efficient. Your image attracts similar people to you.
Imagine you were sitting next to someone you really want to meet, however your hands are full of breakfast, drinks and neck pillows, you can’t even shake hands with them.
We have all seen that person, The one that usually rushes on the plane last minute. The person to have breakfast in one hand, a giant drink and neck pillow on the other hand. Then that person tried to toss her jacket to the seat and the seat landed perfectly on their neighbor’s feet. When this passenger finally sits down everyone was shaking head or quietly waiting for all this to settle down.
If this is the first impression you give to people, it does not matter who you are sitting next to. I don’t think your neighbor has any desire to know you anymore.
3. A carry on is your best friend in Europe cobblestone towns
A carry on for businesswomen needs to be light and sleek. When I travel to Rome my hotel was in the old town and taxis are not allowed to enter. So I have to pull my luggage to the hotel. Within 10 meters the cobble stone broke my luggage wheels.
One of my audiences in German told me that in some German cities they already have rules that one must lift their luggage. So imagine your local colleague or clients are waiting for you at the hotel and you show up with two giant luggages with broken wheels!
4. Ladies, meet smart carry-on bags
As more and more business women travel for work, a carry on bag can be a powerful career networking tool or a deal-breaker.
I understand meet many people want to check luggage because it’s easier they don’t want to carry things around. Actually more and more businesswomen are traveling for business nowadays. There are also many new luggage brands that are highly efficient and stylish.
One of the luggage brands I want to mention is Away. It has a USB charging dock, with an ejectable battery that charges your phone. I don’t have a partnership with this brand. I want to support it because the founder is my Columbia business school alum and also a female entrepreneur.
This is also a way to also support more global businesswoman travel. Because women can also travel for business with energy, efficiency, and style!
5. A conversation starter
Plus, a piece of cool luggage can also be an ice broker and a conversation starter. Another social benefit for business travel. So why not!
When you travel, do you with a carry-on or check luggage? What’s the most important function for you when you pick a luggage brand? Let me know in the comments below!
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