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Women business travelers
China for businesswomen : a strategic guide to travel, negotiating, and cultural differences
Tracey Wilen-Daugenti ; with contributions by Yuen Yuen Ang, Pamela Galley, and Patricia D. Wilen.
Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, c2007.
"A Western businesswoman in China confronts all the obstacles her male counterparts do. But the challenges in China for a woman on business are unique. In addition to covering crucial business-related protocols, this book also provides essential insights for women only: how to make sure your authority is recognized, how to avoid social awkwardness, how to rise above traditional gender-based distinctions to lead your team, close the deal, and build vital, long-term relationships." "Scattered throughout is advice from key executive and entrepreneurial women who have already succeeded in China, representing retail, high tech, manufacturing, services, government, and tourism at all managerial levels. There are also chapters on women in China - their history and current status - to help you understand the historical context of the challenges you face (and how things are slowly changing for the better)."--BOOK JACKET.
     
Do's and taboos around the world for women in business
Roger E. Axtell ... [et al.].
New York : Wiley, c1997.
What Women Need to Know to Succeed in International Business From meeting protocol and sexual harassment to dining and gift giving, the rules for conducting business abroad can be dramatically different from those at home-and they can also vary from country to country. But with this indispensable resource, you'll have everything you need to successfully interact with your business counterparts, whether you're doing business in Caracas, Calcutta, or Copenhagen. Bestselling author Roger Axtell combines his 30 years of experience working abroad with the advice of three cross-cultural consultants to provide you with guidance and specific advice on: Survival -Knowing the culture, protocol, safety, and staying healthy Cultural differences -A country-by-country listing of the rules for proper dress, speech, table manners, etc. Climbing the career ladder -Resources listing the best schools, courses, and language training, advice on finding mentors, and more Personal issues -Dating rules in different cultures, balancing an international career and family life, dealing with harassment and discrimination
     
Safe overseas travel : maximizing enjoyment by minimizing risk
Brian Johnson, Brian Kingshott.
Flushing, NY : Looseleaf Law Publications, c2009.
Guidance on pre-trip safety planning. Keys to protecting your health #38; possessions. Expert safety advice for air, ground #38; sea travel. Tips for people with special medical needs. Methods for calculating #38; managing regional risks. Passport #38; Visa precautions. Ready to use checklists and resource sheets to keep you organized and informed.
     
The personal security handbook : practical tools for keeping yourself, your family & your things safe at work, home or on the road.
 
Aberdeen, WA : Silver Lake Pub., 2005.
- checklists- questionnaires- personal audits
     

Over $1 billion is expended annually by women business travelers. Still travel for today's businesswoman often is far from glamorous. Delayed flights, airport security checks, rental cars smellling like cigars, and so-so hotel rooms are often facts of life. Yet with a bit of planning, travel frustrations can be minimized.

Travel tips

Pack light
Bring a reminder from home
Join an airline club
Email itinerary to a friend

(more from Wyndham Wisdom)

The smart woman business traveler begins planning a trip by asking: Where am I going? Are there special budget or travel considerations? How will I get there? Where is the best place to stay? How will I visit my clients?

Based on answers to these questions, trips are planned that allow enough time to get through security, that select airlines and rental car companies with good records for serving businesswomen, and that reserve rooms at hotels offering the latest in amenities designed for women.

The Internet provides tools to help the woman business traveler select the best flights or rental cars. Savvy women business travelers check out airline websites for fare comparisons and other services. The cheapest flight may not be the best flight. For business trips, on-time arrivals, availability of business class and safety records are equally important.

A rental car to meet the traveler's needs can reduce the stress of business travel. Considerations include: can the car be easily and safely picked up and dropped off at the airport, is a larger size needed to accomodate visits with clients, how well are vehicles maintained, and what driving or insurance restrictions are imposed.

Hotel safety

On arrival check that windows and doors lock properly

Use the viewport when someone knocks at the door

When going out leave the TV on

Ask for an escort to your car or room

Hotel safety tips

Many hotels now cater to what women business travelers want most; luxury and security.

Today's women business traveler will find larger bathrooms with makeup mirrors and branded toiletries, along with nicer beds and linens. Room service menues highlight lighter dishes. Workout rooms are now spas.

Hotel security is the other basic item that women business travelers desire. Hotels that never let front desk staff announce guest room or floor numbers or ones that assign women to rooms closer to the elevator so there is no need to walk down long, empty halls are sought. Today's hotels offer many concierge services. Women business travelers can ask the concierge for advice on safe places to shop, eat, and run.

The smart women business traveler takes time to plan her trip--to do everything possible to make it a safe, enjoyable, and productive business trip.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff