When holidaying in winter there are some important travel tips you should be aware of. Whether you are heading off overseas or exploring your own country, there are some added things you should take into consideration, particularly if you are driving. Despite this don’t limit yourself to only taking trips in summer as getting away in winter can be relaxing and fun, and often accommodation is much cheaper in the cooler months.Driving and SafetyIf you are taking a long road trip then you need to remember to make allowances for the condition of the roads. It can be wet and slippery, so always obey road signs and watch your speed. Be extra careful if you are thinking of going to the snow for your holidays. Be prepared for driving in the snow and carry chains. You will find places to hire these at the base of the mountain. Make sure you know the size of your tyres and that you know how to fit them correctly. You may find that some mountains require you to carry chains by law, so do a bit of research before you leave.Be preparedWhen going on a road trip make sure you are prepared. Take a map or your GPS, and prepare for the worst in case you happen to get lost. Depending on where you are going and how remote it is you might want to pack a bit of food and water, and if you are heading out to somewhere like the outback you will need additional fuel as well. Nights will be cold if you find yourself stranded so pack plenty of warm clothes. Book your car in for a service before you leave, especially if you are taking a long trip, and make sure your tyres aren’t worn, including the spare. If you break down or blow a tyre you may be able to fix the problem yourself, so pack accordingly, but make sure you have a mobile phone and a spare battery.AccommodationThe best part about taking your holiday in winter is that the price of accommodation can be considerably lower, depending on where you are going. For many places it is considered their ‘off season’ so you can find some great deals. Winter is a great time to have a weekend away and places like the Barossa Valley, Margaret River or the Hunter Valley are wonderful places to visit during the cooler months. There is plenty to do and great accommodation on offer where you can just sit and unwind with a good book or enjoy the warmth of an open fire while dining at fine restaurants.International touristsSummer is when Australia has most of its international tourists, but to avoid the crowds and experience Australia in a whole new way, winter can be a fantastic time to visit. Hotels will be cheaper and there will be plenty of rooms available. There will also be cheaper airfares, which is an added bonus.
A lot of people get into property investing thinking that its just about buying houses – you buy a house, develop it and then sell it on. Or you buy a property and then rent it out. And, in return for your efforts, you’ll make a load of cash!Surely, if life was this simple, everyone would be investing in property. Right?Before you throw in your job and embark on a lucrative career in property investing, you really need to sit down and try to understand what property investing is really all about. Property investing is a serious business. Treat it as a hobby and you will only ever achieve hobby profits. However, treat it as a business and you’ll get great results.A successful property investor who buys and deals in property every day will:o Understand what vital research is required before he offers on any property. This will include a lot of desk research including but not limited to ringing estate agents and letting agents to get the ‘feel’ of any one street in any one area.o Perform essential calculations to assess the viability of the purchase before even stepping out of the front door to view the property.o Know exactly which locations to invest in, and which to avoid like the plague.o Have a system in place to enable him to source and buy property below market value time and time again.o Know all about clever negotiation strategies that will help him to save literally thousands off any property purchase.o Understand creative strategies such as options, no money down and cash back deals.o Know how to invest not just for asset building, but also for cash flow.o Be able to structure each deal to suit the property sellers situation.o Understand both buy-to-sell and buy-to-let strategies.o Know what to do with the property once he’s bought it.o Have mastered the basics of property ownership and how to be a good landlord so that tenants never leave.o Will know about property development and how to ensure that jobs get done on time and within budget.o Know how to create a win-win situation every time.So next time you think about investing in property, consider the above and start knowing exactly what will be expected of you to succeed. Don’t start investing in property thinking it will be easy money with very little effort.Property investing will require a lot of hard work and dedication especially from the outset. Educate yourself on the subject and develop a list of like minded friends and mentors whom you can consult when you get stuck.If you go into property investing knowing the above, there’s a good chance you will succeed. However, if you maintain a casual ‘lets see what happens’ approach you will throw in the towel much sooner than you initially expected, labelling property investing as a waste of time!
Climbing the success ladder and standing atop the management hierarchy is every professional’s dream. If you are too a working professional, don’t you aspire to be one among the senior management one day? Don’t you want to be on the other side of the table – commanding, leading from the top, and setting an example for many to follow? It’s not easy definitely; getting there requires immaculate efforts, and of course, the requisite skills.One among such most vital skills is marketing. Does not sound very common when it comes to senior management roles, right? But yes, it’s a skill that’s highly valued by employers today across organisations. It is, in fact, one of the pivotal competencies of a strong senior manager. We, at Times TSW, will help you explore why and how marketing skills form an inevitable trait for senior management roles, in this article below.Marketing Skills Form the Core of the Senior Management’s ResponsibilitiesIf you thought that marketing is a task restricted to the creative marketing department of your organisation, it’s time to rethink. Competition in the corporate world has brought marketing competencies right to the lap of every employee therein. And, once you start working on augmenting them, you’d soon start treading the path of success.This is because managers must know how to promote their specific product/idea in the market amid cut-throat competition. For this, they need to polish some of the basic marketing competencies such as:Effective communication
Communication is the lifeblood of a team lead/manager. That’s common knowledge. But it shouldn’t just be restricted to interpersonal or in-house communication. Marketing is a type of professional communication that happens between organisations (B2B), as well as with potential and existing customers (B2C). If you exactly know how to market your service idea outside the four walls of your enterprise, you’d be doing immense good to the latter as well as to yourself.Out-of-the-box approaches
What’s the most impactful quality of a senior manager? Their ability to think out of the box for the most trivial or critical issues at hand; to offer creative solutions when needed. Marketing skills require you to develop analytical thinking towards project goals and requirements and present innovative ways to achieve them, both to your team as well as your customers.Keeping pace with technology
Technological changes have seeped into every phase of work functions today. You may be part of any domain in your organisation, be it IT, marketing, finance, HR, or any other, you do need to adapt yourself to fast-paced changes all along so as to surpass the competition.Moreover, you need to keep an eye open for cues all along. For instance, keep a check if the traditional means of advertising the project idea are failing to attain desired results? See if digital marketing is the new trend in the market that can put across your message more effectively? Figure out and work on your marketing strategies in accordance with changing technologies.Efficient collaboration
Marketing competencies also involve effective coordination with other departments of the organisation as you work on your product. This may require you to sit with the design team to prepare your product design/logo for promotion, or spending time with the research team to analyse consumer survey data.Since all of these activities form a part of marketing, it’s a good idea to have a working knowledge of all these essential skills so as to qualify for senior management roles.How Can Executive Education Help?Marketing is the backbone of any company today. Your product literally has no value until it’s promoted effectively in the market. And this is exactly why each department needs to possess marketing skills to stay in and beat the competition.To help the ambitious professionals of the 21st-century sharpen their marketing skills and make their way to the senior management roles, the prestigious IIM Kozhikode has introduced its Executive Post Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management (EPGCMM) programme. The one-year Interactive Learning course is aimed at providing specialised marketing management training to executives, helping them grow into senior management positions in their respective organisations. The Executive Post Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management (EPGCMM) programme can be attended in any of the Times TSW centres across India, and the sessions are delivered live via a technology platform by none other but the senior faculty from IIM Kozhikode. So come and join the EPGCMM programme to augment your marketing skills and rise as the best in the field.