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For some organizations, playing golf together with one’s business associates, including your “boss”, is an important part of building good working relationships. If you do not golf, then diplomatically decline any invitations to do so.
Follow these ground rules when you are invited for a game of golf:
Minimize any discussion of business matters on your part. Golfing is not a good time to attempt to negotiate a deal. The purpose of a game of business golf is for everyone to enjoy themselves and to get to know each other better. If you are golfing with your boss or customers, try to find out beforehand what are their principal non-work passions, interests, community involvements and hobbies so you can get them talking about what they care most about.
How persons conduct themselves on the golf course reveals a great deal about their character and sense of sportsmanship. The impression you make on your golfing partners will definitely influence their interest in doing business with you in the future.
I have a confession to make — I agree with Mark Twain who said, “Golf is a long walk spoiled.” The last time I golfed was when I lost 12 balls in the first nine holes of playing at Stanford as a freshman. I had a heart-to-heart discussion with myself on the course that concluded with, “Steele, you can’t afford this game.”
See Meeting People in the Citizen of the World Guide, Make the Right Impression at www.COTWguides.com.
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