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I was welcomed with open arms by the Business Travel Bid Management Team as soon as I arrived at their London offices. It was a bit chilly in the English Summer so they kindly lent me a t-shirt to warm up.
To ease me into Business Travel the team gave me some “lite” reading on the basics of Business Travel but as you can see, the jet leg (and delayed tequila hangover from partying in the US) and reading got the better of me and I had to just rest my head for five minutes.
The team soon woke me up and got me involved in a win strategy meeting where I got back to basics and utilised a SWOT diagram to determine a winning strategy.
The team was working on some strategic global bids and the question arose as to the use of UK or US English grammar in a bid. I of course had my opinion on this but decided to seek some expert advice from the “Essentials of English Grammar” by L.Sue Baugh (McGraw Hill 2005). A fantastic book which gives a quick guide to good English…..written by an American….in American English ☺
The team had some challenging bid deadlines, so I pushed up my sleeves and got involved to help them out. The bad news is it turned into a very late finish but the good news is the team created a very comfy bed for me to rest in.
The team invited me to join their bi-weekly global bid team call and I volunteered to provide some motivational music by playing the guitar rendition of “Im so excited” by the Pointer Sisters which is the unofficial team song.
On my last day in the office the team presented me with the Best Bid Management Newcomer Award which brought a tear to my eye… before we headed next door to the pub to celebrate with some fine English ale.
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