- You relinquish control when you travel. You can plan and prepare for diversions, but your destiny isn’t in your own hands.
- Someone is always pushing alcohol. Whether it’s a business dinner or a cocktail party, there is always an opportunity to have an extra beer or a third glass of wine.
- You spend a lot of time alone. Some people talk to strangers. Others play Two Dots or read a book. A lot of people sit on airplanes and think about life.
When you mix a loss of control with loneliness and alcohol, things can get ugly. Trust me. I once had to clean up my colleague’s vomit in her hotel bathroom. On the other hand, one of my friends once removed me from a cocktail party and took me to a cupcake ATM to sober me up.
(Cupcakes are better than puke, btw.)
Many of us shame ourselves into behaving on a daily basis. We keep our heads down and tell ourselves that the stakes are too damn high to deviate from the norm. But when we are far away from home — and when we think nobody is watching — the allure of being in a new place (and with new people) can trigger behaviors that don’t always make sense.
Whether you are about to visit #shrm14 or you are simply traveling to a business meeting in Minneapolis, this week, you could do worse than having a plan of attack while on the road.
- Always have a buddy who knows where you are.
- Stay two drinks behind the drunkest person in the room.
- Call home twice each day. It’s good to be reminded of your values.
Have a great week. If you are at SHRM, will see you in Orlando. Be safe and make good choices.