Turning your business trip into a leisure trip

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Ah, business trips. Meet-and-greets, business cards, handshakes, conferences, and an airtight schedule keeping you from having any fun. Awesome. 

While business travel will never have the same appeal as an honest-to-goodness real vacation, there are ways you can hack your trip to ensure you can enjoy some time to yourself. Here’s how you do it. 

1. Create downtime 

People love to lean on the whole “I’m way too busy with work” argument. We get it, you’re busy, but there are still 24 hours in a day — that’s 86,400 seconds of time to divvy up. Even if you’re taking an hour to go back to your room and recharge between meetings, you should use that time for yourself. Brew a cup of coffee, read a book (remember books?), go for a walk, and explore the neighborhood near your hotel. 

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2. Stay an extra day to sightsee 

So, you’re in a town you’ve never been to before for a 10-hour long conference on the importance of customer retention. Every town, city, state, and country has something special lurking beneath the surface — your job is to seek out that special something and make it a point to visit before you leave. Whether it’s taking the elevator to the top of the tallest building in the state or eating at a city’s most famous restaurant, going off the beaten path for even just an hour will take your mind off customer retention. 

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3. Turn your quick snack into a memorable meal

We all know how it goes when you check into a hotel after the longest flight in the world. You’re irritated, tired, and hungry. However, your options are usually limited to fast-food from a burger place or worse yet — a vending machine. 

What if you could have a gourmet meal at your hotel? Enter the recently enhanced food and beverage offerings at Hilton Garden Inn. You can get everything you want, from a handcrafted cocktail created by a mixologist (hey, it was a long flight) to fresh hummus and veggies, small plates, and other delicious entrees. No need to curb your hunger with chips or candy bars –  you can get the good stuff just as easily. Plus, whether you arrive in the wee early morning hours or at the stroke of midnight, Hilton Garden Inn offers quick and delicious options, from healthy salads and sandwiches to coffee and locally-sourced wine and beer. 

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4. Meditate

Did you know that mindful meditation can actually decrease both anxiety and depression while heightening your sense of empathy and self-awareness? That’s right—meditation might actually make you a more self-aware person, which is a pretty good souvenir to take home after a long business trip. The best part about meditation is that it can be done almost anywhere. Whether you step outside during lunch or schedule 20 minutes before bed, meditating can increase your mood and turn your business trip into a spiritual enlightenment getaway. 

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5. Meet up with an old friend

No matter where you go in this country, you can find a friend. Let’s say you have a conference that cannot be missed in an exciting city — it’s time to put out some feelers and hang out with someone who isn’t presenting a four-hour long speech on risk management. Before your big meeting, connect with your old college friend for breakfast at your hotel. Getting out of the business world for just a few hours will clear your head, while turning your business trip into a social event.

Finding a little room for fun on your next business trip is not only good for your mental health, but it’ll help with productivity and professionalism while making the experience memorable. When you’re on the go, you should treat your stomach with the amount of care you treat your mind, so check out the food and beverage offerings at Hilton Garden Inn and plan accordingly. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/13/turn-business-trip-into-vacation/

How a viral ‘secret menu’ item became an official Starbucks drink

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Say what you want about “secret menu” items not existing, but one cult Starbucks favourite has made it to the official menu.

The Medicine Ball, as it’s listed, is a cold-fighting Venti double-bag brew of Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility teas, with half hot water and half hot lemonade, honey and an optional pump of peppermint.

Like most unofficial things, no one has a consistent recipe for the Medicine Ball. But the drink that was made up some time around October last year, was fast-tracked onto the menu because of demand, Today reports.

And much of the attention was generated over Instagram, apparently. Baristas at some outlets were reportedly making over 20 Medicine Balls a day, Starbucks COO and president Kevin Johnson, was quoted as saying.

WATCH: The Raindrop Cake is back and this time it’s a bright shade of purple

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/29/medicine-ball-viral-sensation/

Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
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Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it.

Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise.

While most toddlers don’t have access to the nuclear codes, the advice for dealing with the president can also work for your kids at home.

Please keep your speeches really brief

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The president’s attention span is not known for being long, and NATO officials are telling leaders around the globe to tighten their speeches to 2-4 minutes, lest the president’s mind wander, according to Foreign Policy.

Make sure you tell him how well he’s doing

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As president, Trump is often briefed on matters of national security. But Trump doesn’t much like to read, so National Security Council folks have had to take creative approaches to getting Trump to finish their briefings.

Something they’ve found that works? Mentioning his name in “as many paragraphs as we can,” one source told Reuters.

Remember, he doesn’t understand some things

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White House officials have tried many times and in many different ways to defend the president’s disclosure of classified information to Russian politicians during a meeting at the White House earlier this month.

What several of them did not say publicly but did anonymously tell The New York Times is that Trump couldn’t have divulged the ways and means of the U.S. intelligence-gathering processes because the president never bothered to learn them.

Just keep him happy with ice cream

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When desert is some pie with a side of ice cream, everyone gets a single scoop. Unless you’re the president, in which case you get twice as many scoops.

Remember, if the worst capitulation you agree to is ice cream, you’re probably doing fine.

Speak soothingly

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When Trump is upset, he has his friends speak soothing sounds to him over the phone. Those friends include Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and a few billionaires. Richer friends/parents than a toddler is likely to have, but you get the idea.

Bonus: Truck photos

Remember that time Trump hopped inside a truck and smushed his face “into an excited scream” for the cameras?

Trump gets in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler while meeting with truck drivers and trucking CEOs.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/20/donald-trump-toddler/

How a viral ‘secret menu’ item became an official Starbucks drink

Image: Getty Images

Say what you want about “secret menu” items not existing, but one cult Starbucks favourite has made it to the official menu.

The Medicine Ball, as it’s listed, is a cold-fighting Venti double-bag brew of Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility teas, with half hot water and half hot lemonade, honey and an optional pump of peppermint.

Like most unofficial things, no one has a consistent recipe for the Medicine Ball. But the drink that was made up some time around October last year, was fast-tracked onto the menu because of demand, Today reports.

And much of the attention was generated over Instagram, apparently. Baristas at some outlets were reportedly making over 20 Medicine Balls a day, Starbucks COO and president Kevin Johnson, was quoted as saying.

WATCH: The Raindrop Cake is back and this time it’s a bright shade of purple

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/29/medicine-ball-viral-sensation/