It’s a busy time of year for me. September through December are full of training, seminars and travel, but it’s crucial for me, as I usually run out of steam by September and need to be re-energized! There’s nothing like a conference or seminar to get the creative juices flowing again.
I’m really excited about the last quarter of 2011 for my travel business. I am working with a local Life Coach to set up retreats all over the world. We’re also networking with other select local businesses. We don’t have a Chamber of Commerce here in our small town, so se set up our own to promote each other. It’s helped me to zero in on my targeted clients–something I’ve not done in the past.
I’m halfway through a 6-week marketing boot camp with Mike Marchev, which has been fantastic. I’m infused with new ideas and strategies. I attended Celebrity Cruise Line’s Keys to Success training in Boston last week. I’ll be attending the Home-Based Travel Agent Show in Boston in a few weeks and then onto Avoya Travel’s yearly conference onboard NCL’s Epic in early November. After that, I’ll probably be in training overload. I’ll take the rest of the year to digest all the fantastic training information, and formulate a plan for next year. I have my 52-week planner (thanks Mike), and will work on that for 2012.
I do know that I’m ready to take my business to the next level! I’ll be celebrating 5 years in business on January 10, 2012. I’m not sure yet how I’ll be marking this occasion, but I will be celebrating making it this far!
What training works best for you? And equally important, how do you celebrate momentous occasions with your business? I need suggestions!
Patti Maxwell is the Owner of Galavant Travel in Deerfield New Hampshire. After a 28 year long career as a medical transcriptionist, Maxwell received her Travel & Tourism Certificate from a local Community College, and started Galavant Travel in 2007. Galavant is a home based agency affiliated with Avoya Travel. You can contact Patti by email, on her website, on twitter, facebook, or her blog.