The game of golf is used for a variety of reasons. Some play it competitively in the form of a sport, some play it socially, while others actually use it as a means of pursuing business relations.
The concept that many big deals are struck on the golf course still holds true today. So as an aspiring businessman or woman, there are some rules to follow. Especially if you intend on using the game of golf to do some networking.
So what are the best ways to go about using golf as a means of building business relations?
Below we are going to explore the rules of etiquette for doing business on the Golf Course:
● Pay for the round
The last thing you want is to have a discussion on “who owes what” with potential business partners. To avoid any awkwardness, make sure you pay in advance or make sure the pro shop is aware that you are picking up the green fees for your group. Especially if you’ve invited your business counterparts to play.
● Avoid Initial Business Discussion
No one wants to be forced to talk about business during a round of golf. Use this opportunity to build rapport and create a relationship with your business counterparts. Avoid bringing up business until well into the round of golf as bombarding your guests with too much business talk right off the bat will make for an awkward round of golf.
An exception to this rule would be if the conversation naturally leans toward business, then you would still aim to keep the conversation about your counterparts, bringing your business up later. Remember to avoid selling your business during the round, rather have discussions surrounding business, no one wants a sales pitch during their round of golf.
● Stay Honorable on the Golf Course
Do not cut corners, cheat in anyway or get too competitive. Very few people want to do business with someone of that nature, it does not bode well for any potential future. business
● Plan for the 19th Hole
The 19th hole, or the clubhouse is where some of the real business may take place. You’ve given your associates a fair amount of time to warm up to you and develop the rapport needed to discuss business. Sharing a drink or lunch with your counterparts will allow you to enjoy each other’s company and continue the conversation off of the golf course.
● Your business is on the fairway and not in your pocket.
Turn your mobile off before you even take to the first tee and put it well out of reach or temptation in one of the pockets of your golf bag. Talking on your phone while playing a round of golf is sign of terrible golfing etiquette. Do not even consider it.
It’s wise to know that navigating business on the golf course is just as tricky as navigating business in the boardroom. Remember, to someone who doesn’t know you, the way you behave on the course is perceived to be the way you behave in business. In fact, your golfing style could equate to your business style. So, how’s your game?