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Old 09-28-2006, 01:35 PM
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Down here in Sunny Florida trying to grow my little business. A consultant from a large wealth management company suggested that I go golfing with him and some important executives.

I have no clue how to golf. And I declined. The question is, should I learn how to golf and start hitting the links to bring in more clients. Or is it just a waste of time?
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If you're fairly athletic, then yes learn to golf. If you're not athletic in the least bit, then forget it b/c it will take too long to get any good.
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This was a good thread: http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...highlight=golf

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I think it is good to be able to make contact with the ball. More importantly, know the rules and etiquette. No client/important contact will care if you shoot a 110, but they will be annoyed with you if you take forever on shots, don't go to your ball, don't line up you put while waiting, step in someone's line, crash the cart, or most importantly, CHEAT.
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I agree that you only really need to have the correct etiquette. 1 or 2 lessons and a few reps on the course should have you good to go.
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Down here in Sunny Florida trying to grow my little business. A consultant from a large wealth management company suggested that I go golfing with him and some important executives.

I have no clue how to golf. And I declined. The question is, should I learn how to golf and start hitting the links to bring in more clients. Or is it just a waste of time?

It doesn't hurt to golf, but if you aren't going to play even semi-regularly and be embarrassingly bad, I can't see it being any advantage to you.

How often do these types of offers come up? I would respond that you don't golf, but if they are going out anyway you would galdly meet them at the 19th hole for lunch or drinks.
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Down here in Sunny Florida trying to grow my little business. A consultant from a large wealth management company suggested that I go golfing with him and some important executives.

I have no clue how to golf. And I declined. The question is, should I learn how to golf and start hitting the links to bring in more clients. Or is it just a waste of time?

It doesn't hurt to golf, but if you aren't going to play even semi-regularly and be embarrassingly bad, I can't see it being any advantage to you.

How often do these types of offers come up? I would respond that you don't golf, but if they are going out anyway you would galdly meet them at the 19th hole for lunch or drinks.
These offers have not come up often. But that could be because I don't golf. They will only come up if I am out there with others.
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I was going to ask something similar to this but I'm sure JMO would have called me a troll right away. In a couple of the sales position interviews I've had I was asked if I golfed. It didn't seem to be a requirement but probably something useful.
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I'm sure that golfing and drinking are both correlated with higher income. There was an article about the drinking. . .
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How often do these types of offers come up? I would respond that you don't golf, but if they are going out anyway you would galdly meet them at the 19th hole for lunch or drinks.
Another suggestion might be to tag along, but I don't know how awkward that might be (as I'm also not a golfer). And to the OP, if I'm ever in need of your services, what say we go for a round of anything-not-even-remotely-sports-related?
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In a couple of the sales position interviews I've had I was asked if I golfed. It didn't seem to be a requirement but probably something useful.
To me this would be an illegal interview question and shouldn't have any bearing on whether you get the job or not.
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In a couple of the sales position interviews I've had I was asked if I golfed. It didn't seem to be a requirement but probably something useful.
To me this would be an illegal interview question and shouldn't have any bearing on whether you get the job or not.
sometimes interviewers just make small talk. we do have to realize that the question may not be received as innocently as it is asked
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