Author, Danny Cahill, Shares Helpful Tips For Business Travelers

Danny Cahill has published two books, and have had several plays produced. He fly's often for a living so most of his writing has been done on planes and in hotels. Business traveling is exhausting. Danny knew he had as much time as any other traveler, and he needed to stay focused in order to keep up with work and life in general. So, to help him make the most out of his trip he came of with a few rules:

  • Fly out between the hours of 9-3 whenever possible. Airports are Ghost towns during these hours. You could arrive 1 hour before flight and fly through security, allowing you to stay in your hotel and work.
  • Bring your luggage to the gate, even if it is monstrous and there is no way on earth it is fitting in the overhead. Ten minutes before the flight I promise they will announce, in plaintive tones, that they will cheerfully check your luggage for FREE to your destination and you can pick it up planeside, eliminating the baggage claim cluster
  • Don’t board until your group is called. Sit down and continue working until they do last call. There is one airplane, and you have a seat. They start boarding 30 minutes before the flight. You standing up there sighing and hovering with your Group 5 ticket is an utter waste.
  • Window seats only. No one asks you to move and disturbs your work. (sidebar here: no water before the flight. Otherwise you will disturb you.
  • Onboard, don’t access WIFI. That way you can’t be tempted by Netflix or John Oliver YouTubes or emails that can wait. You’re in the sky to work. Gaze out the window for access to your Muse but that’s all the diversion you get until wheels down.
  • Avoid small talk with the attractive woman or man next to you. This is a waste of charm and potential work time.
  • Once you arrive consider this: Uber takes 3 minutes, cab lines just under forever.
  • When you arrive at your hotel do not order Room Service after settling in. Hotels that have breakfast usually serve it around 6 am. Be the first one down there. Don’t worry about how you look. Room service takes 35 minutes. Eat from the buffet in 5 looking like a zombie and you can be back working in your room.
  • Skip the gym. Every hotel has stairs, run them. Or bring a jump rope. For strength training, Danny does push ups with the bed. By working out in his room he was able to save time, and keep to his fitness routine, which allowed him to get more work done.
As you can tell, Danny is driven. In fact, Cahill started his career at the headhunting firm Hobson Associates straight out of college. He was its rookie of the year and subsequently its youngest top producer and its youngest manager. At twenty-seven, he bought the company and built it into one of the country's largest privately held search firms. His success led to a speaking career that culminated in being awarded the recruiting industry's first (Knutson) ''Lifetime Achievement Award.''

In his other life as a playwright, his works have been produced off-Broadway and he has won the Maxwell Anderson, Emerging Playwright, and CAB theatre awards. His first book, Harper's Rules, won an Axiom award and his memoir Aging Disgracefully released this May. Check out more tips from Danny Cahill on his website.

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