Have you ever thought that golf is a sport that has as a target making you walk the shortest distance. Just think about it, the more effective you are at putting, the less you will walk. So, let´s be honest here, you will probably not get super fit by practicing golf. Now think about the fact that despite this, it is a pretty loved sport by people of all ages and conditions. I don´t blame them as the adventure is a pretty cool one. I am picturing a day out with the buds on the course while having the nicest conversation about any topic that might come to mind. Conversations go around the house, the wife, kids, church, trips, travel, the dog, the meaning of life, and why not, business.
The ambient that prevails on a golf course is usually one of relaxation. This is not football or soccer, where the adrenaline is at its peak, the blood is boiling, and the muscles are under tremendous stress. Not with golf. You are wearing some nice khaki pants with a pristine Polo shirt. You wear a nice pair of shoes or sneakers and your mind is on a state of relaxation.
Does it already sound like a golf course can be a perfect place for business deals negotiation or what? You find everything needed for a successful termination of a deal. Think about the following:
Business deals usually pose situations of tension and a major exploration of advantages and risks. Being at the green might help businessmen achieve a mental state of greater relaxation. Studies have shown that a stressed brain will shut down itself, this without considering the risks it poses to your health. This is not the most desired status during a business deal. When the brain is relaxed and feels at ease, it will more effectively process information. This is the kind of environment you get at a golf course. You get the nicely trimmed grass, the trees, the wind and imagine if the course is near the beach. Your body is on a state of greater happiness.
When your mind is clear and your spirit is cheerful (as in a golf course) there is a high probability that a business deal will end in a very good spirit and with shaking hands. It is easy to find mutual benefits in a rather amicable transaction. This is what you want your business deal to be like.
A little word of warning. Even when a golf course provides an enticing environment for sitting down and discussing business deals, make sure it does not make you excessively mellow. Keep in mind that your business deal should make you happy.
One last thing: Golf is actually a pretty rewarding sport if done with certain skill. This is why I will go ahead and suggest you take some golf lessons to help you hone the sport. Here´s to successful business deals over the green!