In two weeks, I am travelling to Europe for 14 days of work and a little pleasure. I will be writing stories for Marketing Eye, speaking with potential alliance partners and clients. I will also be interviewing people for speaking opportunities at a conference.
Business or pleasure? Separating the two

I am a huge fan of mixing business with pleasure as long as you know where to draw a line in the sand. When doing business, make sure you are 'doing business'. When you are having fun or enjoying leisure time, ensure that you don't talk business or use that time to do anything other than enjoy the people you are with.

I travel a lot and I am sure most would say that I don't ever blur the lines. I always ensure that i am aware of my surrounds and am the first to change the subject should the people I am with not understand that you must keep these areas separate.

5 Ways to separate business from pleasure:

  1. Make sure everyone knows the difference and it's clearly defined as business when talking business. Perhaps have an agenda and definitely always have a notepad or your smart phone in presence.
  2. Change your vocal tone from being casual to being in "work mode".
  3. Structure your conversation and ensure that you are on-topic
  4. Don't talk about the boating trip or skiing - keep to a "professional" conversation
  5. If you are at the beach, girls don't wear a bikini when talking business. Put a throw on, or a dress. It's hard to talk business when you are near naked.
Get to know the people you are doing business with - there is nothing netter then getting to know them on a personal level. It allows for you to be able to relate to them better and cut them a little slack when need be. 

From there perspective, it often means that you will always go that step further to ensure that they get what they are looking for too.
Join us on social media
Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Contact Us

  • Our addresses:
    Marketing Eye3423 Piedmont Rd., NE Atlanta, GA30305
  • Atlanta: 404-626-8070
Contact Form

Connect with Us

Latest Marketing Eye Tweets

  • What would you do if you could make the big decisions on solving world poverty? What solution, radical or not, woul…

  • Cool factor of the day is when two girls were getting dressed in the bathrooms of a hotel and they were going to a…

  • Very funny... this guy sat down on the table next to me with his lady friend at a restaurant... hears my Australian…

  • Top 5 Multitasking Methods

  • The untethered soul of your business

  • Gosh! That’s not petty cash for anyone! He must love his Politics!

  • Westworld’s James Marsden at Cecconi’s in LA sat 10 feet from our table. He smiled the whole time at his group of guests. Love happy people!

  • Saturday seriousness at @andazweho waiting for my lunch date to collect me #chilly #Ceconi’s

  • Thank you @andazweho for your kindness, hospitality and continuous happy dispositions. #jimmychoo #interiors #hotels

  • What happened next broke my heart. They set up different alliances and wrote more than 20 slanderous comments about…

  • What do you do when an employee tells other staff members that they have an ice problem and bashed a woman on the w…

  • RT @Oprah: Maria has been my friend since we were both young reporters in Baltimore. Her wisdom and open heart is what the world needs more…

  • RT @marketingeyeaus: “Let’s create the kind of world we want to live in” #richardbranson So true. What are you doing to create the world yo…

  • RT @marketingeyeaus: Women at the table next to me this morning were talking about other women. There were 4 of them. It was nasty gossip,…

  • RT @SpiritPoet: "If you own this story you get to write the ending." ― Brené Brown