Hello SOTGC community,
My goal at highheelgolfer is to help women get ahead in business by playing golf. Today I’m going to tell you how it all actually works; what being out there on the golf course means to your client or playing partner.
Golf is a stressful game with many personal and physical obstacles and a whole slew of rules and etiquette that can be daunting at times. So it’s only fitting for your actions on the golf course to be a good representation of your actions in the business world right?
Since that is the case, I’m going to talk about the things you can do on the golf course that will reflect nicely on your business character.
1. Customer service
To display good customer service on the golf course you need to find yourself helping your playing partner in any way possible. If he or she loses a ball, go help them look for it, if they are putting first on the green pull out or tend the pin for them. If you find a nice golf ball in the woods offer it to them and when the cart girl comes around offer to buy them a drink. All of these kind gestures will make them start thinking, “wow this lady is so friendly, has great etiquette, I bet she does a great job keeping her customers happy.”
2. How well you handle pressure
To show your partner that you don’t buckle under pressure or under perform under pressure you need to make some key shots. If you are the last one putting in a scramble tournament can you drain the 6 footer? Can you be the girl who saves the day? If so, your playing partner will definitely remember that when it comes to picking the person who can pull through on a big business deal.
3. Growth potential
How much do you improve over the course of the round? If you started off barely getting the ball in the air, are you now getting it up in the air? If you’ve never played before do you miraculously get a par? Do you show promise on the golf course, if so it will only show that you have promise to succeed in business.
4. Good attitude
Do you break clubs and get upset when you triple bogey? How do you react when you’ve hit your 4th shot in the sand and you still haven’t gotten out? If you keep your calm and say no biggie, guess I need to go practice my sand shots it shows your playing partner that you are willing to work on your weaknesses and have a good attitude when you aren’t performing your best.
If your playing partner likes you on the golf course, he or she will want to do business with you off the course. It’s that simple. Sometimes it takes a round of golf for someone to get to know you and then you have your in. 20 cups of coffee might not have even created the bond you shared on the golf course.
These 5 actions only represent a fraction of all that goes on on the golf course, but they are a great place to start. Overall, if you practice good etiquette and play fast you don’t even really have to be aware that all of the other stuff is happening.
If you want to learn more about highlighting your business strengths on the golf course come out to my golf happy hour at Morgan Run golf club next Wednesday may 1st. Go to www.highheelgolfer.com/golfhappyhours to purchase your tickets! You can also email me at Jenn@highheelgolfer.com with any questions.
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