Monday, January 12, 2015

What I Love About Sales Meetings

This week I’m in San Diego for our National Sales Meeting. We have these meetings twice a year, and they’re always a little hard on my family. These trips are longer than my regular trips during the sales season. They require more planning and coordinating … for me, for Husband, and for the kids. 
Even just getting there and back is more of an effort, because I am usually flying much farther than the regional territory I represent.

However, there are also some things that I love about sales meetings.

Fancy Hotels. During my normal travel, we use typical business hotels. They’re nice, but sales meeting hotels are really nice. The food is better. The coffee is better. The beds are better. And the overall ambiance it better. Sometimes we are at a beach resort, and other times we find ourselves at upscale hotels in metropolitan areas.

Food. Catered food isn’t always fantastic, but I’m a mom who has planned three meals a day and two snacks in between every day for the last five years. For two kids, a husband, and sometimes for myself. Give me a week without having to plan one single meal, and I’m a happy girl. Plus, we usually do get at least one nice restaurant outing. And there is always wine, so I really can’t complain.

Excursions. When you sit in meetings from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm, have ‘working’ lunches, and required business dinners, even the powers that be realize that everyone needs a little break. In August, we did a river boat cruise on Lake Arrowhead in California. It was beautiful! Tomorrow, I am scheduled for a brewery tour. My attendance might be required, but I don’t mind one bit.

Coffee. I know I already mentioned this, but hotel coffee is one of my favorite things. I’m not talking about the in-room coffee maker (gross). There’s just something delicious about commercially brewed coffee. It’s always good. And, at sales meetings, it’s free.

Fun locations. My regular travel takes me all over Texas. I love my state, but Beaumont and the Rio Grande Valley aren’t exactly exotic. We’ve had sales meetings all over California (Pasadena, San Diego, L.A.) because my company is based out there. We’ve also been to a beautiful desert resort in Tucson, and we’re scheduled for somewhere on the East Coast this summer.

I hope you’re enjoying your week and staying warm. I left unusually cold temperatures in Texas for warmer weather this week … and I’m loving it (even if I’m just looking out at it from a conference room).

Happy Monday!



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