When I was doing my teaching training back in 2009, as part of the practical element of the course I had to present a micro lesson in front of my examiner and class mates. There was one classmate who had a background in economics, and he delivered a lesson on globalisation. What surprised me was when he started to talk about “globalisation” being a bad thing. He went on to say that we should remain in our country of origin. How there was no need to travel and to migrate to different places, as countries tended to have their own resources and we can get imports. This man was very passionate and I was less passionate about this concept. By learning about the world and the different cultures I believe it can help us to grow as individuals! I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world.
Day 23 of the blog challenge question was:
Do what the Romans do
There is a famous saying that goes: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Yes I agree that, when travelling to new places it is good to appreciate the surroundings, the people and the culture. I have been to Rome and certainly enjoyed looking at the old city, as well as tasting the “yum, yum” food. I find that people want to share their culture; and it all goes back to when we were younger and taught to treat people how we like to be treated. I will also remain authentic and be true to my character – this includes humour and accent!
I always make sure that I am easily contactable by email. I will ensure that whilst I am away I have access to the internet. Be able to access my website and accounts from my MacBook Air or other smart device. I will need to unlock my phone so that I can use local sim cards – as it hurts to see my mobile bill going up into the hundreds. I will keep up-to-date with the APPs and software. I like using Skype and Facetime to remain connected to people. It so nice to see a friendly face at the end of the camera. Although sometimes I can be meeting people for the first time over the web.
Keeping to business
Before travelling to a new destination I will do my homework about the region. Look at the practical stuff like cost for accommodation and food. Find out a little about the local customs, ensure like in the previous section that I have good internet connection. To keep on track of appointments or deadlines, use software to take into consideration the different time zones. I may also look at how I will like to manage the “active” areas of the business such as the training. I may decide to do fewer 1-2-1s and instead do some group coaching, as there is always time included in the preparation.
Enjoy the NOW
It is so important to enjoy the “air”, breath and appreciate the surroundings, even though there may be a day when I do not have running water or electricity. It is the experience that is valuable. Some people do not have the opportunity or decide not to live the freedom lifestyle.