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Should I play golf with my boss?

Golf has come to be a

sport of interest to young and old and can be a great asset to your career.

There are 26.7 million

golfers playing rounds on more than 17, 000 cours- es in the United States, according to the National Golf Foundation, and they spend a whopping $30 bil- lion on equipment and in fees. And what has grown into a national and inter- national pastime is also a critical business tool used to create and solid- ify business deals.

But just as a business

meal is not just about eating, business golf is not just about playing golf. The sport is a way to build quality business relationships. Those rela- tionships can be soured if you don’t play by the rules, written and un- written. When out on the course, remember:

The Basics

• Quiet — Golf is a game of concentration. Once a player has addressed the ball, stop talking. There are others around, too, so keep your voice down.

• Cell phones. — Leave your phone in the car. It does not belong on the golf course. Golf is a game for relaxing and get- ting away from it all. You and others on the course should not be distracted by a ringing telephone.

• Dress appropriately -— There is a dress code for golf and country clubs. You will be safe if you do not wear jeans and cutoffs and stick to a polo shirt if you are a man. Woman can wear collarless ones. Check to see if shorts are allowed.

If they are, make sure

the length approaches the knee. Carry your attire in a good-looking quality bag. Change your shoes only in the locker room; never in the parking lot.

• Know what you are doing to a tee. — The rules for corporate golf days are slightly different to what you are used to when playing with your buddies on the weekend.

• Know your balls. — Before you start playing, let each other know which brand of ball you are play- ing with so no one can pretend a better shot is theirs. Also, this is a good time to make use of your company branded balls or tees. Don’t save them for later; use them during the day and enjoy them.

• Golf cart etiquette. — Yes, there is cart eti- quette. It is desirable to share the driving. Even if your clubs sit behind the passenger side of the cart, don’t expect to be chauf- feur driven around the course.

• Share the loss. — If someone hits their ball into the rough it is every- body’s job to help find it. Don’t leave the hunting up to the person who hit the ball while you partake in some liquid refreshments from the buggy bar.

• Clothes make the man and the golfer. — After the game you will be expected to meet in the club house for a drink. It is advisable to have a change of cloth- ing. Forget your jeans. Whether it is a private or a public course, wear pants

and definitely a collared shirt. Your invitation will inform you if a jacket and tie are required for a dinner.

Alison Vaughn

• To avoid embarrass- ment. — To avoid un- knowingly doing some- thing rude or that makes you look foolish, take a mini-golf lesson from a pro at the local golf pro or business golf expert to learn the rules in advance to avoid embarrassment.

• The buggy bar. — Don’t drink too much alcohol during the day. Both your mind and game can go off.

• Team effort. — After the game, stick with the team. It is expected that the team that plays to- gether stays together for at least one or two drinks. No matter how much you want to get with your bud- dies and compare scores, not sharing a drink with your team is a huge snub.

• Share the prize. — It’s a team win and it is ex- pected that you share the prize evenly amongst the group.

A business golf game

is no different from any other business meeting, but when you are playing golf; you cannot reference your notes or pie charts like in a regular business meeting.

A business

meeting takes planning, has an objective and re- quires focus to meet your business goals. Your ul- timate goal should be to make the people in your presence happy to be doing business with you.

About Alison Vaughn Alison Vaughn is an

award-winning entrepre- neur and co-author of the book, Inspired Style. This sought-after speaker is the founder and CEO of Jackets for Jobs, Inc., which is a nonprofit or- ganization that provides employment


career skills training and professional clothes to low-income individuals. She has also been fea- tured in a variety of media outlets. For more info on Alison visit www.jackets-

Trooper Crider recruiting.

State Police launch aggressive recruiting campaign

400 Troopers to be hired over the next several years The Michigan State Police is pres-

ently recruiting for the 124th Trooper Recruit School to commence October of 2012. With an anticipated recruit class in excess of 120, the State Police is ag- gressively recruiting qualified candi- dates. In addition, the State Police has a subsequent recruit school planned for April of 2013. In total, Colonel Kristy Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, anticipates the ranks of the State Police to increase by 400 new Troopers over next several years.

In unprecedented fashion, the Michi-

gan State Police has partnered with Wayne County Community College District to host a series of State Police recruiting seminars. The community events will be held on Saturdays, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 at the WCCCD Down- town campus, 1001 West Fort Street, in the multi-purpose room. The event will begin promptly at 8:00am until 11:30am.

The event will acquaint the commu-

nity with the career opportunities avail- able with the Michigan State Police and will feature many of the Departments specialty units, such as the Emergency Response Team (SWAT), underwater re-

covery, K-9, bomb squad, aviation and forensic science.

The minimum requirements for con-

sideration are as follows: an applicant must be of good moral character; a United States citizen; a Michigan resident at the time of appointment to the academy; at least 21 years of age at the completion of the recruit school; possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.; have a good driving record; have a stable credit his- tory; and no felony convictions. Starting salary at the beginning of the 20 week recruit school is $45,000 with a $6,500 raise upon the completion of one year.

To attend one of the recruiting semi-

nars, please forward an email tocriderw@ On the subject line of the email indicate “recruiting seminar.” In the body of the email indicate the fol- lowing information: full name, street ad- dress, city, state, zip code, contact phone number, and the requested date of Aug. 18 or Aug. 25. Upon receipt of the email, a confirmation will be forwarded to the reply email address.

For more information about the Mich-

igan State Police, please visit www.mich-

Trooper Mike White.


July 25-31, 2012

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