Women play golf because they love it. It’s a great way to get outside, meet people and enjoy exercise in a social setting. It’s also a great way to network for career advancement.
I met Debbie Waitkus from Golf For Cause at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Debbie was gracious enough to sit down for a few minutes to share with me some thoughts about how the game of golf has changed her life and her business.
Beginning golf as more of a fun event than a serious venture into the sport, Deb soon learned that playing golf with her fellow workers increased the level of camaraderie in her office and contributed greatly to team building. Playing golf helped “level the playing field” and very quickly led to some big opportunities. Click on the podcast button below to hear Deb tell her own story.
(To listen to the second part of this interview which focuses on how to attract and keep women in the game of golf, click here.)
Key points to remember if you are going to play with clients or co-workers.
- Always play from the same tees as your golf partners, or if that is not possible, invite them to join you as you tee off from the red tees. Ask advice, ask them to watch your ball. You’ll discover how important it is to “stay in the conversation.” That’s where the business happens.
- Never allow the course to separate you from your golf partners.
- Always take part in any betting games.
- Don’t be afraid to show off your interest in golf by placing equipment or golf awards around your office. You’ll discover they work as a “silent invitation” to potential golf partners and will bring you business opportunities.
- No matter what, have fun!
What’s your experience with golf and business networking? Have you found it to be easy? Difficult? Add your two sense and best advice.