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Anger Management and Business Travel

Nothing can be more fun than traveling with someone who is constantly losing their temper, right? Wrong! Follow Modern Manners' Guy's tips to always keep your cool when traveling for work.

By
Richie Frieman,
August 19, 2013
Episode #260

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Unless you’ve got the paycheck of Jay Z or Justin Timberlake, traveling is stressful. You feel like you have to compromise comfort for convenience. And when you try to save money you always end up losing your mind.

In one of the interviews featured in my new book, Reply All…And Other Ways to Tank Your Career, I spoke with Ken Austin, the founder of Marquis Jet. Ken launched this luxury airline to avoid situations that made him and other travelers angry at the standard way of flying.  One thing he discussed was how unmannerly some people get when traveling. This is a huge turn-off, both personally and professionally, to your companions. Travel shows another side of your personality that may not have come out before.

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A lot can be said about how someone handles stressful situations. And when it comes to traveling for work, there is no better trial of patience. As Ken told me, traveling with a colleague who loses their temper over something trivial is a total deal-breaker.

So before you flip your lid over a bag of pretzels being too small, or the person next to you hogging your armrest, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for keeping your temper in check while traveling on business:

Tip #1: You Get What You Pay For

One way to test a person’s temper is to see how they react to something that is clearly their fault, but totally annoys them. Like when someone spills a drink on themselves and complains the rest of the day how they “can’t believe that happened!” Or when you buy a plane ticket with 3 layovers and impatiently pace around the terminal wondering why you have to wait two hours in between flights.

Here’s a quick and dirty tip: Don’t expect the lap of luxury with your $65 round-trip ticket. 

What, you thought that was the VIP price? Nope. Sorry. There is a reason why it was so cheap.....

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