Ninja Road Warrior Tip of the Day: Plan, plan plan

Hi everybody. Cheryl Knowlton, CEO of Dynamite Productions coming at you with your ninja road warrior tip of the day. Okay, so this might sound really, really obvious, but I’ve had so many situations where if I had just taken a little more time to check and verify things and communicate well and just check what I’ve written down, it would have saved me so much time, energy, headache, and hassle, not the least of which are your dates.

Check the Facts

Be very, very careful about that and because that would be, that is my personal biggest nightmare that I booked my flight, everything’s all scheduled with the car and the hotel and everything seems great. And then I get a text or an urgent phone call saying, “Where are you?” That everything was planned around the wrong time and honestly, that gives me cold sweats.

One thing that you want to definitely check if you ever travel with your pet is to make certain that your host is if they are paying for your hotel, which they usually do that you check their pet policy. We did that once and it wasn’t great and it was a really long time ago. So I can tell you this story now without feeling too much shame in my game.

My husband went with me and we took our dog and this was when I was relatively new on the speaking circuit, did not follow my own advice and did not check the pet policy and we brought our dog Buzz Lightyear with us. We were checking in and he was not with us, he was in the car, I’m safely in there. The temperature was great, that was not an issue and it was just for a minute and it was evening, and it was very cool and temperate outside.

Check the Pet Policy

So we ran into check-in. Huge signs everywhere, no pets. So we had to be very clever and very creative about making sure that he was taken care of and we’ve learned our lesson and we either ask and pay for him to come with us, which ultimately can double your hotel fees, theoretically. We’ve had that happen as well. You just need to know ahead of time exactly what you’re getting into.

Moral of the story. Ask plenty of questions, plan, research, do your homework and you will have a much better trip.