Go Grab…Golf?

In one of the many LinkedIn groups that we are part of a recent comment caught my eye.  It was in reference to what our site does:

“…for those that aren’t into Golf, this program will suffice :-)”

That got me thinking about the similarities between golf and networking over lunch.  Both are typically casual in nature and allow business professionals to connect over a common interest – golf or food.  While these encounters may be casual there is a need to display proper etiquette.

Both also have a time-frame after which the meeting is expected to end.  Obviously if you are playing eighteen holes of golf with a contact you should be prepared for 4+ hours of close quarters conversation. The other beauty of networking over lunch or golf is that your audience is “captive” for a period of time.  Restrain however from using this too much to your advantage.  Remember to keep the conversation light and on subjects that you can both appreciate.

The real value is that you have the opportunity to spend quality time with a new or existing contact.  Make sure that you take advantage of that time to further build trust in the relationship.

Remember if it’s all about you; then it will all be about avoiding you in the future.

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About Jonathan Patrick

GoGrabLunch.com connects like-minded business professionals over face to face, one on one appointments based on each member's preferences.

Posted on January 10, 2011, in Networking and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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