Hello SOTGC community,
This post is not about my successes at the PGA Show but rather what can come out of always keeping your head up, ears alert, eyes open and a smile flashing in every direction. I believe that if you are constantly aware of your surroundings you will always make connections.
My first connection was made on the plane ride out to Orlando. I sat down in the waiting area at the airport and randomly found myself in the middle of a bunch of businessmen and overheard they were on their way to Orlando. I got a little nosy and asked if they were going to the PGA show, they said no but we segued into talking about my business and my skills on the golf course. At first I figured this would be one of those connections that doesn’t go anywhere until I sat on the second leg of the flight next to one of those businessmen. By the end of the 5 hour flight I had not only picked the brain of the financial director of a billion dollar global medical device company but I had also found a new client.
On an entrepreneurial high I stepped off the plane ready for my next big connection. The next few weren’t great connections but were great practice for pitching my business. My biggest unexpected connection came at lunch time when I randomly sat down with 3 guys who seemed to be talking through a business deal. I ate my lunch and listened not thinking anything of it, but at the end of their meeting they all looked over at my badge and said,” what is highheelgolfer?” I quickly responded with my well practiced pitch and soon enough a VP at Turner Sports was intrigued and passed me on to a writer for PGA.com. An hour later I had connected with this writer whose only objective was to help my business be successful. I am still in communication with all of these contacts and diligently working to grow my business and get more women into the game of golf.
So really the moral of these stories aren’t that I’m doing wonderful and I had a great trip, rather that networking and connections can be made anywhere. You just have to be aware of your surroundings and never give up. Some conversations may not get you very far, so know when and how to get out of those conversations so you will be available for the ones that will. (Kind of like not dating a guy you don’t intend to marry because he’s just a waste of time) And always put yourself in the right place to make those connections and don’t be afraid to talk to a stranger because you never know where the conversation may lead.
If you have any questions about networking styles or how to network on the golf course (my personal specialty) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org