Video Conferencing – The Solution For Business Travel |

Video teleconferencing, or VTC, has enabled companies to reduce or completely eliminate their annual travel expenses and those companies with international clients are really feeling the advantages of these technological marvels. These days, instead of job opportunities for those willing to travel, those same job openings are being filled by those who can navigate and perform tech service on a company’s teleconferencing system. It’s been a cure-all for companies working hard to reduce overhead. A. Harrison Barnes, career coach and founder of says it’s a great way for attorneys to meet and discuss legalities of their cases and it’s an ideal solution for a law firm whose partner may already be out of town, but who needs to collaborate with another partner on business matters.

There are other advantages too – from an environmental standpoint. Less travel means a smaller carbon footprint. Anything good for the environment is always preferable and coupled with the savings of fewer airline tickets, hotels and meals, it becomes the right fix for even the larger companies that might have the bigger budgets for annual travel.

The overnight success of Skype has made it even easier for us to meet via web cams. “It’s a great alternative to more traditional meetings – even when out of town travel isn’t part of the game” says A. Harrison Barnes. Today, lawyers are opting for an impromptu Skype meeting to avoid midday traffic or in an effort to get out of the office early. Skype offers its services at no cost, but even those legal firms that choose more advanced capabilities, the cost savings are substantial. In fact, many of the employers on are conducting interviews with potential job candidates via VTC. No worries, though if you don’t have those capabilities, employers are taking advantage of when they can, but they’re still having those face to face meetings, too.

As with all of the incredible gadgets from the 20th, and now 21st, century, intricate VTC systems will drop in prices and before long they’ll be as common as cell phones and laptops. Remember, when cells and personal computers were developed, few people could afford them today, very few of us can imagine a life without our gadgets.

If, however, you are able to conduct an interview via teleconferencing, you’ll want to be sure to approach it as though you were walking into an office instead of logging in online. Dress appropriately, turn your cell off and put your dog in another room. Also, be sure to turn the television and/or music off, too. The last thing an employer wants to do is talk over the soap opera or talk show in the background. Avoid picking up that glass of diet Coke or cup of coffee and certainly, avoid eating while on camera. You’d be surprised at how many forget their manners. Finally, recognize glitches happen. The best preparations don’t always guarantee a flawless VTC interview. Be patient and if the employer decides a face to face interview would best serve his purposes, by all means, accept the request for a face to face meeting.

A few rules and forethought can ensure an excellent interview via one of the latest must haves in technology.

The Business Traveller – Tips for Motels |

For the weary business traveller a Motel can be a ‘home away from home.’ After spending hours on the road and in meetings, a motel provides a place where they can relax and unwind. That is why it is important a Motel provides the service and the small luxuries to make a business guests’ stay comfortable and hopefully memorable.

When booking Motel accommodation a discerning business traveller will look for:

  • internet connection
  • work space
  • clean, comfortable and quiet rooms
  • a TV
  • breakfast facilities
  • central location
  • parking
  • corporate rates.

Wireless internet connection is vital for today’s business. Most Motels are able to provide this service, some will even provide a set amount of Data for free. Internet access not only enables the business traveller to work, but also gives them the freedom of staying connected to their friends and family in the evenings, when they may need it most.

Internet access is also essential for Motels that have conference and/or meeting rooms. Technology such as video conferencing, interactive training, and online product demonstrations, all require business guests to access high-speed internet. Printing facilities should also be provided by reception, as with fax, and where possible a projector.

A small work space is also important for the business traveller. Where possible a Motel should provide a desk and chair, or similar set-up, to enable a business guest to use their laptop and spread out documents as needed.

Besides the obvious work needs, a business traveller values a clean and comfortable Motel room. Updating or refurbishing rooms every 5 to 10 years is an effective way to keep your Motel looking modern and fresh. Even small changes such as new bedspreads and curtains can make a difference in how a guest will perceive your Motel. A quiet Motel is also an advantage, no guests want to hear the room next door or traffic/city noise at night. The quietest Motels are usually built with solid brick/stone walls and are away from main roads and night spots.

A TV with access to many channels, or even free DVD’s provided by the Motel, are other examples of how you can satisfy a weary traveller. Also providing small luxuries such as tea and coffee, milk, and toiletries, enables the business traveller to relax and feel more at home. Extras such as room service breakfast or breakfast facilities, are of even greater benefit when you have business guests staying.

Location is also key to the business guest. Centrally located Motels are excellent, especially if you can direct the guest to a good restaurant or bar within walking distance. Usually businesspeople have been on the road all day and do not feel like travelling at night to find a place to eat or drink.

Another facility that makes life easier for business guest is ground level parking, preferably outside the guests room. This is especially important for businesspeople who carry goods with them.

Lastly, Motel reception has to be friendly and organised, especially when business travellers are tired. And don’t forget to provide the great corporate rate to the business savvy guest, that and loyalty cards/vouchers are a great way to keep the business guests coming back.