When it comes to the game of golf there are many stats that are kept and shared, but some of the best stats relate to golf and business. Here are a few:
*It’s estimated that 90% of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf
*Executives who play golf earn on average 17% more than those who don’t
*More than half of business professionals agree that golf is the ultimate networking sport
And here’s four reasons why golf is good for business:
1. Where else can you spend four quality hours with your valued customers, potential customers or company CEO? The time between shots allows for wide ranging conversations and mutual interests to be discovered.
2. You can learn more about someone during four hours of golf than you can in several business meetings. And not just by what they say but also by the way they handle themselves on the course. Do they control their emotions and play by the rules, or do they cheat and blow a fuse when things don’t go to plan?
3. Golf suits all ages and abilities, and thanks to the handicap system players with varying playing ability can still compete. This would never work on a squash court!
4. Playing a round of golf with a business associate will allow you the time to:
-Get to know the person you are dealing with
-Create an opportunity for you to gain trust
-Discover the integrity and ethics of the person you are playing with
-Discuss business in a stress-free environment
One of the great things about golf is you can just show up at a club and get a game. You could be looking at three prospects every time you play, making golf a great networking tool.
Start networking with GBT and join us at Hillside Golf Club on the 22nd Feb for the 1st round of the GBT 2018 Tour.