to win over a
in 18 holes
sure how to mix business with recreation? Here’s a
hacker’s guide to limiting career damage on the
course, adapted from tips developed by Golf Magazine.
a shirt with a collar.
If you’re wearing shorts, go with mid-thigh
sure all your equipment – clubs, bag, shoes – is
freshly scrubbed. Even if you’re not a good
player, “your aim is to make certain you look like
a golfer who is merely having a bad day” write the
editors of Golf magazine.
you’re the host, have everything ready and paid
for in advance: Green fees, cart or caddie, range
sleeve of your client’s favorite balls is a nice
the cell phone and BlackBerry in the car.
If you can’t afford to take a day away from
the office, don’t. Stay at work.
on the round. It’s
bonding. And bring cash. IOUs are beyond tacky.
speed in the golf cart, and never, ever throw your
the golden rules of pro golf caddies: Keep up and
shut up. Let the client talk, while you listen.
– surprise, surprise – the customer is worse
than you, don’t let him win. It doesn’t build trust.
tips or golf lessons quickly ruin a round.
The Globe & Mail, June 27, 2004.