I went east towards the UK this trip and had to stop in the cell in LA. Flights through Hong Kong were too solid to go the preferred, but longer, left route.
One of my skills is being able to be first to leave the plane regardless of what seat I’m in. Those skills are important in LA as you may end up queuing for an hour to stand in the Transit box for 30 minutes.
This time the transit immigration people didn’t turn up so that meant going through normal immigration.
Being so close to a shower I went outside. Big mistake as the queue back in through security was a 40 minute exercise. Made it with 10 minutes to spare so got a quick shower.
Love that the Koru Club wifi key (through unnecessarily complex) is the same all over the world.
Air New Zealand now allow movies from when you arrive at your seat to wheels on the tarmac at the other end. Fantastic.
The key to overseas trips is to start 4-6 weeks earlier on your appointments. Nothing worse than being on the otherside of the world with downtime. In London you can do 4-5 meets a day. Breakfasts and dinners are meeting time. I’ve got 20+ scheduled meetings this week, with a free afternoon for follow ups and lucky meets. You just have to use the time.
Looking forward to meeting up with people at the KEA event tomorrow night. Looks like its a full house so that will be a good event.
It’s great to tap into local connections and resources. Deloittes have a fantastic facility we have access to which is great for meetings and workshops.
Doing business in the UK is fun and exciting. As you fly in over the city you can just see the size of the huge market. The people are friendly and smart. Things are definitely up a few notches up here.
It’s great having a full time team in country. With other businesses we’ve flown through with a once over lightly. We can have our local people manage the local relationships which makes a big difference.
8:00 start tomorrow and an hour of humid and sticky travel to get there. Time for sleep.