Golf can affect your future
By Guest Blogger: Todd Huffman, BBA '12
Golf is a great way to network and escape the day-to-day life while spending some quality time with others. Golf teaches us many of life’s lessons and can easily teach you a lot about a person in your foursome. By attending golf outings or other networking events, one would have a great opportunity to build relationships with current colleagues or to create a new professional connection.
Networking is not a new concept; business professionals have been networking for years, most of the time without realizing it. The benefit that many people fail to see from networking is the value of building relationships over time.
Social media gives business professionals the ability to connect with thousands of other people on a daily basis. Many working professionals use social media to either re-connect with friends or colleagues from the past, to stay connected, or to build new relationships.
Building valuable relationships
Building a relationship is more than liking a Facebook post, or commenting on an occasional colleague’s status. The best way to build a relationship with anyone is through personal interaction.
Yes, you read that correctly folks – we must get out and interact with others if we plan to build a substantial relationship. While doing business in India, I learned that one would never do business until after meeting the person and building a relationship. As Americans, we have taken the personality out of business; we only interact with individuals to close the deal or get that dream job. By building a relationship you would have a rapport with others that can last a lifetime.
We could invest hundreds of hours on all forms of social media and have the largest Facebook friends list, but this still would pale in comparison to one single networking event or golf outing.
Going back to college for my Master’s Degree is giving me the personal added value of education, for personal and business use. While going to school I started to ask myself, are education or “book smarts” enough to land my dream career? How does one know that I have learned these skills and have the ability to use them in the real world upon graduation?
Life lessons on the course
I have learned so much through networking and playing golf. One of the events that I enjoy in the summer is the WCAA Golf outing. This is a great chance to get out and golf with fellow alumni and business associates. Through years of playing golf on a regular basis, I have learned many life lessons on the golf course. Some lessons that I have acquired through the years range from how to problem-solve or make decisions based on strategy/logic, to taking responsibility and acting with integrity. We all make good and bad decisions in life and on the course. The trick in life and in golf is to learn from our past mistakes so we do not repeat them and build on the good that we have learned along the way.
While fine-tuning my craft of networking and golfing, I have built many strong relationships along the way. I started networking within the Walsh community about a year ago and I can already see the benefits in my personal and professional life. I shall continue to fine-tune the art of networking throughout the year and feel that I am on the path to my dream career.
How has golf or other networking events affected you? Have you learned any life lessons on the golf course? What are a few networking events that you attend on an annual basis?
I look forward to seeing you at the next alumni networking event! Learn more at walshcollege.edu/WalshOktoberfest.