We all know golf is a challenging sport. So why would you pick this notoriously humbling game to put yourself in the best possible light? Fear not. Here are just a few simple tips that should help you feel confident to play ‘a round’ with your boss:
Match the challenge to your skill level: Set yourself up for success and select a friendly team format to reduce the focus on your game. Leave the scorecard in the clubhouse and keep track of the match “on the fly”. Save the scorecard for more experienced players. Just because you don’t feel ready to play doesn’t mean you should get left behind in the office. Take clients to a golf tournament, a clinic or serve on a tournament committee.
Dress the Part: You take care to dress professionally for the office, so leave your Saturday golf outfit behind. Take it up a notch for business golf with a stylish golf ensemble and accessories. If your game doesn’t stand out there is no reason you shouldn’t.
Equip Yourself: Think of your golf bag as your briefcase and always come to the “meeting” prepared. Have a clean glove, plenty of balls, tees and sunscreen ready. And although it should never be a presence on the course, keep that cell phone fully charged for those calls and messages that always seem to be piled up when you step off the 18th green.
Practice good etiquette: Golfers can play in almost any situation if they practice good ‘manners’ on the golf course. Not only you will come across as a considerate player, but display traits that translate into business. Not unlike the dinner table, golf has a vast amount of acceptable behaviors ranging from driving the cart to conduct on the green.
Play ‘Ready Golf’: Another equalizer for golfers of all levels to play in harmony is to be ready when it’s their turn. Plan your shot and have the right club in hand. Remember that one well executed shot takes less time than several hurried attempts. And if you do start to lag, pick up your ball and let your group know you’ve had enough fun on that hole.
Calling attention to the game: Compliment good shots, and steer conversation away from the bad. As tempting as it might be to offer advice, or correct someone’s score, it’s safer to keep the focus on building the relationship.
Stay involved: Golf is an excellent way to let your character shine. Join the group on other tee boxes and be part of the team. Show your consideration and help look for lost balls. These small acts reflect back in a big way.
Bring up business at the right time: Take your lead from others, and let them bring up business during the round. Many golfers will wait until the 19th hole to talk business, so plan your time accordingly. Don’t be surprised if business never comes up on the day you play golf. You’ve paved the way to earn their respect for future encounters.
Oh, and should you beat your boss? Absolutely!
Contact Donna to book an informative and entertaining workshop in your office to prepare your employees to build business on the golf course. firstname.lastname@example.org