Golf

Business Golf Rule # 4

4 - Guest First Show up early so that when your guest arrives, the minor details of paying green fees, getting a cart and range balls is well behind you. Give your guest the choice as to who will drive the cart. If there is more than one guest, then announce that you will switch carts after nine holes. Always, tee off last, except when they ask you to go first. Focus on the business objective and forget about your individual success on the golf course. Pick the ball up when you find yourself holding up the group. Be attentive when each shot is hit and be helpful in finding lost balls. Disclosure: Content...

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Business Golf Rule # 3

By Forrest Blake 3 -How to Prepare Preparing can take as long as playing a round of golf if done properly. Create a list of as golfers that support your business objective. If you cannot come up with 20 names, then you will need to begin creating a list by simply asking people if they play. Once the list is compiled, look for the right mix of people for each round of golf. Separate them into groups of three with one alternate. Determine your objectives for the round based upon the dynamics of the group. Disclosure: Content is general information only. Information is not provided as advice...

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Business Golf Rule # 2

2 - Who to invite Playing golf is 6 hours out of a busy day that can either be an afternoon off or an opportunity to create a solid business relationship. The key to the latter is inviting the right people. Having four players is a better use of time than two. Inviting clients, prospects, business sources, existing and perspective employees, vendors and community leaders can provide a nonthreatening atmosphere where personal and business relationships can be created. It takes effort and an organized initiative in order to make Golf an effective use of valuable time. Disclosure: Content...

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Business Golf Rule #1

By Forrest Blake Sustain, Entertain and Obtain (SEO) Clients with Golf The game of golf is synonymous with “big business,” and is one of the most effective tools for networking and deal making in the modern business world. People who choose not to play golf are neglecting one of the best business development ideas there is. It is vital that you have a strategy to become your company’s golf SEO. Disclosure: Content is general information only. Information is not provided as advice for a specific matter, nor does its publication on this website create any relationship between the writer...

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Engage Forrest Blake, “The Business Golf Expert”

...to speak to your company, your clients, your fund raising dinner, your civic organization, your executive club or other organization. Forrest Blake’s passion is for helping business executives discover how to drive business development, employee recruitment and personnel retention using golf. Blake wants to pass along what he learned successfully closed hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial real estate deals on the golf course during the 16 years that he was one of Los Angeles’ most successful brokers. His clients included Warner Brothers, Blue Shield and oil giant Texaco. Blake...

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Speaking about Turnaround Management

By Forrest Blake The last 4 years have been an interesting time in business. During this time I rolled-up 15 GolfTEC improvement centers. Most people would think with a dramatic reduction in retail and discretionary spending, this would have been a disaster.  The opposite was true. Opportunities presented themselves to purchase stores at an extreme discount and then overlay solid operational procedures and create profitability . . . which ultimately created equity value.  This business was sold profitably in July of 2012. I currently am the CEO of a golf travel company called Fairway Vacations. This...

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American Dream

If the economy stay bad for a few more years. Maybe can shift our thinking to where success can be measured in ways other than relentless acquisition. Certainly you'd have less stress if you weren't lying awake at night wondering how to pay for all that stuff. Golf is a great departure from the grind of the day. Playing more golf can relax your mind and create a focus on what matters or golfing friends and our own mental sanity. For lessons go to GolfTEC. For golf travel go to Fairwayvacations and for social networking around golf go to MyGolfPeople.

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