We now have five generations in the workplace. This never-before-experienced phenomenon provides an opportunity for even greater thought diversity in the workplace. Each generation brings unique thought traits to a problem or situation. To receive the most from generational diversity and to be productive, we need to acknowledge, understand, and engage all generations with whom we work.
1. Bring business cards—lots of business cards. And be prepared to manage the ones you receive. Whether you use an app to scan and organize business cards or simply jot a few notes on the back of each, make sure they don't end up floating around your luggage for the next six months.
Gifts for the trip could be an excellent way to market your business and show your clients you appreciate them. The cost/benefit ratio is important, though, as is choosing items that are highly useful: You don't want items to end up shoved in a drawer or, worse, in the trash. Consider how best to include your logo.