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To read the results of the 2009 Convene survey covering similar ground:


convn.org/ 2009-e-panel


“When traveling internationally, set your watch ahead with each time zone— eat when you are supposed to eat and sleep when you are supposed to sleep, according to the clock, and stop reminding yourself what time it is where you are from and what you should be doing. Stay active, take a walk—no napping!”


“Throughout the trip (unless I’mmaking a phone call), I never look at what time it is at home. I only allow my brain to know what time it is where I am.”


“Per a sleep expert from Cornell, you can’t ‘catch up’ on sleep, however, you can banksleep, so I’ll catch a few extra hours in the days before I leave for my big convention, and I also take melatonin, which helps with sleep and jet lag.”


MAKING A HABIT OF IT More than half of respondents bring something on the road to make them feel more comfortable, including family photos, stuffed animals, pillows, blan- kets, washcloths, bath salts, candles, and corkscrews (although when it comes to comfort, that last one is obviously a means to an end). The majority have pre- and post-meeting rituals for themselves and their staff to motivate, focus, or reward—nice dinners, spa and massage appointments, manicures and pedicures, and just making a point of checking in with each other to make sure everyone is bearing up well.


“I pack my suitcase in order by day so I can unpack and ‘steam’ my clothes in order. Then, they go into the closet in a by-day order as well. Makes it easy at 4 a.m. when you went to bed at midnight and it’s Day


4 and you’re beat! You may be tired and your dogs are barkin’, but at least you’ll have on matching socks!”


“At our daily staff meeting, we’ll have a quick trivia quiz/question with prizes. We share the most unique or funny story for that day. I write a personal note to each team member at some point during the event.”


“Each day the staff is sent a ‘special happy’ to their room— for example, milk and cookies, a gift card to the coffee shop, a personal note of thanks.”


82 pcmaconvene April 2012 www.pcma.org


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