As a Borders girl born and bred, I have limited experience in navigating around Glasgow, so when my lovely business associate, I was scheduled to meet in the centre of the city, texted to say: ‘The office is only a 10-minute walk from the train station.” I have to admit to feeling slightly nervous about the prospect of making my way through the city and arriving at her office on time.
I knew where I was and where I needed to be – a great starting point – all I had to do was work out the bit in the middle!
To limit the risk of getting lost and arriving at the destination on schedule I was going to have to rely on someone or something with A) a little more knowledge and B) an ability to convey this knowledge to me in a way that I could follow.
Known for being the friendly city I could put the ‘People Make Glasgow’ slogan to the test and ask for directions. “Leave the station, cross the road, take a left, walk up to ‘street name’, take another left, then walk a bit further before taking a right onto ‘another street name’ and then…I am sure the directions would be accurate but in this unknown territory could I rely on my interpretation of these instructions and get there on time? This approach was a high-risk strategy.
Google Maps proved to be my saviour. Leaving Queen Street and standing in the Glasgow sunshine all I had to do was pop in the address and let the tech do all the hard work. A tried and tested method; I put my faith in the form of a little blue arrow that moved on the screen – whenever and wherever I moved on the street the arrow moved too. Perfect. Now confident that I had the tools for the job, off I went, phone in hand. Yes, I might have looked like a throwback to Challenge Annika as I quickened my pace to an almost run but I was winning the challenge – to get from A to B as smoothly as possible.
Sometimes being in business can feel like my trip to Glasgow; you know where you are and where you want to be, but it’s the bit in the middle that can be a little unclear. Entering new territory is exciting, challenging and carries risk but with experienced support and expertise, designed for your needs, the journey is sure to end at your desired destination.
And what about a soundtrack to accompany us on this journey? The Day We Caught the Train by Ocean Colour Scene.
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