An estimated 90% of Fortune 500 CEOs play golf. When you look at the number of top sports stars, movie stars and entrepreneurs who are avid golfers, it is pretty impressive. Executives who play golf make an average of 17% more than those who don’t.
For the sake of your business or career, here are 5 reasons you’d better get in the game!
1. Networking FaceTime and the 19th hole.
Where else can you spend four quality hours with your company CEO or valued customers? With today’s busy schedules most of us are lucky if we can get five minutes! There is simply no other sport with the amount of quiet time between shots that allow for wide-ranging conversations and mutual interests to be discovered. After your round, the 19th holes provides the perfect setting to take your newly enhanced relationship to the next level or, indeed, to go ahead and ask for the order
2. Healthy Walk in Serene Surroundings.
You can plan a client meeting in an office surrounded by water, nature, and sand instead of four white walls. This instantly creates a more relaxed and friendly environment in which to do business without the normal distractions.
3. Business Intelligence.
You can learn more about a person in four hours golfing than in a lifetime of meetings. Not just by what they say but by how they handle themselves on the course. Do they play by the rules and control their emotions? Or do they fudge and blow a fuse?
4. Perfect Gifting.
When someone is a golfer it’s easy to give a small gift that makes an impact. A golf book or logoed hat or towel from St Andrews can quickly and inexpensively enhance a relationship.
5. Game for Life both Men and Women.
It’s a sport that suits all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Thanks to the handicap system, people of widely different abilities can play together and still compete. So the 60-something CEO can still beat his 30-something prospect or employee, while the 30-something executive can look forward to decades of on-course meetings and deals. If you are a businesswoman, playing golf is an even greater advantage, being able to talk golf in the office gives you a chance to bond with the bigwigs
So don’t wait any longer, get out of the office and head to the course, to boost your business today!