Welcome to episode 046 with David Vasquez
Here’s what is on this week’s Podcast…
David Vasquez Bio – 1:42
David Vasquez is the Director of International IoT Business Development at a global communication services provider.
With almost 2 decades of experience in telecommunications and a passion delivering “digital”, he engages clients all over the world to help define their connected device and IoT (Internet of Things) strategy while remaining focused on growth and customer experience.
David is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He lives with his wife, two daughters and 0 pets.
Lifelong baseball fan, runs, skis, hikes, cycles and loves a good beer.
Question One – 3:06
How much more do you travel now that you live oversees?
Total days on the road are less but 3 trips per month and 2-3 days per week
Question Two – 4:15
How do you kids handle when you leave for a trip?
I’ve been traveling since before they were born.
I communicate to let them know a couple of days before I leave.
I let them know when I will FaceTime
They travel with me often so they understand
Question Three – 5:33
Any 1st day routines that you have when you travel?
I travel with a a character named Peg Daddy (like Flat Stanley) and take pictures of all different types of places Peg Daddy visits
I try not to leave for the airport before 10am so it allows me to be home for my wife to make breakfast, take care of the kids and get out to school
The brownie points from my wife are priceless because we both live by the calendar
Question Four – 8:20
What other routines do you do on your 1st day of travel?
Examples would be going from Europe to US…
I don’t sign online and work through as many emails in my inbox being offline and not interrupted
Once I land and check into the hotel, I immediately exercise
Dinner by 6pm
Back to the hotel by 8pm and in bed by 8:30pm
Question Five – 10:03
How do you handle time zone changes and jet lag?
I land between 11a – 2p and try not to schedule anything the day I land except maybe an early dinner and set expectations
1st full day I’m good as a firecracker the following day
Question Six – 10:56
Can you give me examples of what drains energy from you?
Customers or sales reps not prepared and wasting my time
Flight delays and re-routes which are a numbers game
Since it’s out of my control it impacts me when it affects someone else like a customer and cannot re-arrange their schedule
Question Seven – 13:33
What draws or creates energy for you on the road?
My wife and my kids. Every trip is worth it because I work for them.
When I wear a tie, the kids take turns picking the tie so knowing they’re part of it, keeps me going.
Question Seven – 14:45
Are there any other things you do to stay connected with your family?
I’m mostly in control of my schedule so I could be flexible with my schedule between work and home
Sleep Energy Boost – 17:10
5 Minute Energy Kickstart Promo – 17:37
Question Eight – 18:32
Is there anything specifically that hijacks your energy on the road?
Reading bad news in the morning. It’s a trigger that gets me in a bad news but it will be there for me later.
Question Nine – 19:33
What’s at stake if I’m not “on” while on the road?
My family suffers if I’m not on and have to come back and work which affects them
Question Ten- 19:54
How do you avoid not coming home exhausted?
If I get home before they go to bed, my energy comes back, even though I’m exhausted and I forget how tired I am.
If I get home after they’re in bed, I’m a changed man after my beauty sleep.
Question Eleven – 21:13
In general, how well do you sleep in a hotel room?
I can sleep anywhere if it’s dark. And I always travel with an eye mask.
You may have a hotel chain preference so I know what to expect and it feels more like home for sleeping.
Question Twelve – 22:47
How do you handle nutrition and hydration on the road?
I don’t eat as good but exercising helps
Hydration I don’t mess around with it and drink about a gallon of water a day whether I’m traveling or not
Everyone should have an approved water bottle
The more water I drink the less I want to eat
My one meal that is a catalyst is breakfast – “hangry”
Question Thirteen – 25:23
What does a workout look like for you on the road?
Running. I literally get up and go and run.
If there’s a city with Soul Cycle, I get my workout this way – my addiction
I see the benefits of the blood flowing but also mentally. I have a choice what I want to think about when working out.
Question Fourteen – 27:28
Any closing thoughts?
1. Exercise – we have to learn what works and what doesn’t work on the road
2. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote – “it is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely help another unless he helps himself.”
Question Fifteen – 30:00
How can others connect with you?
LinkedIn – innovate with David
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