Better than the boardroom! Business networking on the Golf Course
For many golfers, the idea of spending a sunny afternoon out on the course rather than sat in a stuffy boardroom seems perfect.
The truth is, you really can do both! Building relationships is key to almost every sector of business. The opportunity to spend time with customers, suppliers, partners and colleagues alike should be valued, and a round of golf provides the perfect opportunity to discuss those key issues in an informal setting.
Building a relationship takes time, and often these chances are all too fleeting in meetings or at corporate events. Suggesting a round of golf is a perfect way to better build relationships, building trust and loyalty that can prove invaluable in the world of business.
Many people can see the obvious benefits of a round of golf with key clients, but may worry that their less than perfect game might mean it ends up working against them. The truth is, it doesn’t matter! The key is to approach the game as you would approach challenges at work, by demonstrating your confidence and composure, showing how you can take unexpected setbacks in your stride and press on in the face of adversity.
A good sense of humour helps as well: your playing partners will appreciate your ability to laugh at yourself far more than they are judging you for slicing your drive off into the rough.
Golf networking groups and events are becoming increasingly popular, and cater for all levels of ability. This include groups for all manner of sectors and specialities, as well as a growing trend towards women only networking groups. Even if your colleagues and clients would rather spend their afternoons hunched over their desks, getting out on the golf course can still provide you with a host of career benefits.