Business holidays are a great idea in principle, but are rarely as effective in practice as you might hope. Let me tell you how I have found golf breaks france and golf holidays italy to be the perfect solution!
- A predetermined time away from the office to have some fun.
- Plenty of time to talk business without having to rushing away.
- A relaxed atmosphere
This is all very well meaning, and sounds like the perfect opportunity to combine business with pleasure. Just the sort of thing to boost spirits back in the office, and to improve the all-important business connections.
- Very difficult to find an activity that everyone can take part in
- Time is often spent working for the whole break, or nothing gets done at all
- Competition can create tension, which inevitably runs over into the business talks
In practise, nine times out of ten you either end up excluding someone or having a completely counter-productive time, and on top of that business holidays rarely come cheap.
Golf. Yes, it is the stereotypical businessman’s sport – but there are several excellent reasons that make a business golfing holiday a great idea.
- Anyone can play. It’s a sport which is open to all ages, skill levels and is accessible to disabled people.
- Flexibility. Hours of play can be moved around to accommodate meetings if required, and not all 18 holes need be played for those who want some more time in the clubhouse.
- A natural atmosphere of community. There are always scorecards to compare, bunkers to discuss and double-bogies to lament – which means plenty of casual conversation to build friendships and professional relationships.
- Talk business as you go. The very nature of golf requires people to spend time with each other in between shots, which is perfect for friendly business chat.
If you are looking to book something for next year’s season in Europe, myself and my colleagues have used both http://biarritzgolfingexperience.com and http://italianlakesgolfingexperience.com.
Enjoy your golfing holiday, and as always, if you have any questions or comments, get in touch!
I know it’s a cliche, but it’s a good one.
There’s no point working yourself into the ground without having some kind of fun on the side right? I find a good way of splashing out and having a bit of fun is to pit yourself against the local bookie.
There are two schools of thinking when it comes to the occasional punt on a horse. The first is to go little and often, say once a week and keep up to date on all the latest races, and which horses are on form etc. Good fun if you’ve got the time, but probably impractical if you’re running a business full time.
The other approach is to find a proven and trustworthy source of regular horse racing tips. Keep an eye on the advice they give out week to week, and once a month go to the bookies to back a horse that they’re really keen on. That way you don’t have to spend as much time tracking all the tiny details of horse racing, and you get the added thrill of holding out for one big win.
It’s probably the more risky approach of the two, but so long as you’ve got a predetermined monthly budget to blow on a horse, the idea of winning big is so much more attractive than little and often.
The tips I’ve been following are from horseracingpro.co.uk. Set a monthly budget, read up on the advice, and give it a go.
Everyone wants to be more focused and more alert at work, after all that’s how you become a success.
We’ve been trialing some power bands from infinitypro.com, which are supposed to give you a boost, just from a simple band you wear on your wrist.
Straight off, I have to say most of us noticed a difference within the first day. We were all skeptical before trying them out, but since then the atmosphere in the office has definitely improved, and we’re all getting more work done!
Even though we’ve noticed a change in the workplace, there are a few amongst us who are still unconvinced that they have any real lasting effect. Frankly, I’m not bothered whether the bands themselves make the difference or if it’s the associated mental attitude of “I’m wearing this to be more productive” which has the effect. Either way the result is the same, and they are so cheap that even if they are just a placebo – you still wouldn’t mind paying for one. Plus, they look good.
These power bands come in all shapes and sizes, but they are always very slim and made from soft silicon. As such, they are very comfortable to wear even under a long sleeve shirt.
They’re really easy to order online, but if you’re buying multiple bands then make sure you get on the phone and negotiate yourself a bargain!
Not something that most people would say, right?
But what if you ask an actual struggling entrepreneur?
Being an entrepreneur has definitely got it’s benefits, think:
- Having complete control of how much money you earn
- Deciding when you want want to work
- Having a say over where you physically work
However, as any successful entrepreneur will tell you, getting there is seriously hard work! The stress that can come with “being in complete control over how much money you earn” can be hard, especially when times get tough.
Becoming your own boss is a tough game, and not for the faint hearted, but if you have the commitment and drive, you can certainly go places.
There are certain things that you can do to make the road less bumpy, here are a few:
- Find a mentor
Having a mentor as an entrepreneur can be an absolute game changer. Someone who has “been there and done it” can offer a lot of insight and perspective on your business endeavours. Don’t underestimate that. If you don’t have a mentor, get one TODAY!
- Get organised
Being an organised person is KEY if you want to make it in the business world. Stop using your inbox as a to-do list, and get serious! If you haven’t read Getting Things Done by David allen, GET IT DONE!
- Read, a lot!
You may well have your degree, but you certainly aren’t done when it comes to learning – far from it! Blogs such as this one which talks about the latest trends and tips in the business world are a MUST. So, bookmark this blog, or put it in your RSS reader, and stay up to date.
We have some great posts lined up with some really great resources that are going to help you be a more awesome entrepreneur.
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