Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lessons Learned on a Book Tour


Book tour stop, Manhattan, New York
  In the field of emergency management, at the conclusion of a exercise or disaster, there is a review of policy, procedures and opportunities. It's sometimes called an After Action Event, but in most cases, it's a "lessons learned" review. 

  Book tours are no exception to the after action review process.

  Here are 5  lessons learned from a 4 state, 2 country book tour.
  1. Take someone with you and have them manage the travel arrangements. Make it their job to check, and recheck the schedule. Twice on the Christmas in Canada tour I "overlooked" items that were important . That wouldn't have happened if I had shared the plan, You can't do it all and still handle the "business" of promotion.
  2. Local currency. Have some cash on hand, man cannot live on a credit card alone. There will be items you need cash for: tipping, postcards, taxis. (Memo: not all taxis in New York city accept Visa.) 
  3. It will always be a journey. Some days are better than others, but they all make up the path you will travel.
  4. Make time on the journey for the traveling party. Go where they want, see what they see,  eat what they eat, be with them on their journey.
  5. Bring home gifts. Not everyone will get to go where you have been. Remember those that helped you get there by bringing back a piece.
  I was fortunate that I got to share this journey with my father, to take him to places he otherwise would never have seen.