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Life on the road

by | Aug 26, 2016 | Blog

My family and friends think I have a super glamorous job. Flitting from one country to the next; hobnobbing at event after event; and they are right. That kind of thing is a big part of my job.

Networking and building relationships are key in this industry.  We have to understand our customers’ business, what gets results for them and what doesn’t. At KBC we work hard at this.

One thing we do give focus to is face to face meetings and training sessions. Which brings me to this week and our decision to choose the penultimate week of August for a series of sales calls in middle England.

“It’s a quiet time of year”. “It’s a perfect time to see people before it gets busy again”.

It was also the hottest week of the year to date. In typically British style, news channels and papers scream headlines like “Phew, what a scorcher!” And “Hot, Hot, Hot”!

And I can tell you it was hot. Damn hot! And wet, thundery wet!

So at this point I’d like to thank our tour operator friends, who kindly overlooked the ‘glow’ that Jenni and I adopted for the two days, as well as the new ‘crumpled dishrag’ fashion style we developed too. Plying us with cool water to help us rehydrate before each meeting and being too polite to mention Jenni’s giant hair or my rat’s tails – all brought on by the good old British humidity. We were even given tea and cake by our friends at Travelsphere. Unheard of! They are good people and this is why we love working with them.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all bad.  We have mastered the art of strategic elbowing and armpit avoidance on trains and Tubes into London; and we enjoy the view of the British countryside on the longer journeys. Made better in the glorious sunshine, so you forget about the 6am start and the lack of air con.
We love exploring new ideas and concepts, learning more about the tour operators’ plans and how our clients can be a part of it. We love sharing our clients’ news and planting seeds to get more product on the programmes; but most of all we just love a chat!
My industry friends often say they couldn’t do my job. “You’re always on the move, you’re always so busy”, they tell me.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love what I do and the people I get to meet and work with along the way.  Except maybe right after WTM, that’s a tough gig… But that’s another story…!