This blog was originally published in 2013; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information possible.
Corporate travel managers are experts in many areas.
From accounting to negotiation and technology, their daily tasks encompass a variety of disciplines. Continuing their education, through webinars, trainings and literature, is a vital part of staying ahead of the curve.
If you're a corporate travel manager who is looking to excel this year, consider this outstanding reading list, full of books vital to your profession:
Executive's Guide to Personal Security by David S. Katz and Ilan Caspi
No executive, corporate travel manager, or organization can control criminal urges or terrorist attacks.
But risk of being targeted can be lowered significantly.
Security experts Katz and Caspi review techniques for self-defense in depth, which include better technical security, physical self-defense, and adopting risk-management processes for the future. It's an established fact that criminals don't want to target less vulnerable individuals or organizations, which is a compelling reason to put this on your to-read list.
Travel Wise: How to Be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad by Ray S. Leki
International business travel is far more common, and in many ways, easier than it was even a few decades ago.
Despite the fact that information on countries and customs are a few clicks away, the nature of international travel isn't much safer.
Travelers shouldn't head for the check-in gates without cultural competence and risk assessment. Leki teaches travelers to understand their vulnerabilities and develop a plan to minimize their risks.
The Travel Wise model inspires many corporate travel managers to make the right decisions and maintain the right attitude in tense situations. It's been described as "essential reading for anyone who carries a passport" by Laurette Bennhold Samaan, Senior Manager of Global Mobility at Accenture Limited.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
There's no single book that's had a more profound and positive influence on generations of sales executives and management than Carnegie's classic.
Initially published in 1937, it remains at the top of recommended reading for aspiring leaders in the 21st century.
Dr. Carnegie was a firm believer that success is 15 percent professional knowledge and 85 percent the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to incite enthusiasm.
Traveler managers are both leaders and salesmen, because while they're purchasing from a vendor, they're also negotiating an agenda. The book's underlying principles of making people feel important can change the way you interact with everyone in your professional circles.
You Can Negotiate Anything: The World's Best Negotiator Tells You How to Get What You Want by Herb Cohen
Travel managers are no strangers to the art of negotiation.
In a given day, they could find themselves working towards agreements with finance, executives, travel vendors, and colleagues.
Herb Cohen is a seasoned expert in conversations with extremely high stakes. He wrote this work based on his experience helping formulate U.S. policy on hostage negotiations and terrorism. States Cohen, "Power is based upon perception--if you think you've got it then you've got it. Be patient, be personal, be informed--and you can bargain successfully for anything."
Travel Health Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before You Leave, While You're Away, After You're Back by Dr. Mark Wise
Pre-trip health screenings and expert information are key to protecting executives' well-being on the road.
Dr. Mark Wise, a travel health specialist with years of experience and a specialist in travel immunizatons, is a recent encyclopedia of everything travelers need to know before they depart.
Information covered includes packing lists for basic first aid needs, checklists for pre-travel innoculations, and recommendations for common traveler maladies, including altitude sickness and malaria.
It's factual and comprehensive enough to be recommended reading for a business trip, and serves as a healthy starting place for researching corporate trainings on travel health awareness.
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