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Do people still close deals on the golf course?

I recently got into golfing and got the ol' "all CEOs play golf" thrown at me quite a few times.


Selling a SaaS solution internationally, I cannot imagine playing golf with one of my prospects. Does anyone have different experiences? Any tips on inviting prospects to a game of golf?

Did you ever play golf with your prospects?
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Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
I think deals can definitely be closed on the Golf course, but it would have to be after the Demo is given if you're selling SaaS. Would be hard to present from an Ipad as you drive hole to hole. That being said, if you could pull off a demo from a golf course then you are the type of sales rep I want in my organization ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค
JuicyKlay
Politicker
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AM
The mental image of a new rep straight out of college trying to demo between holes ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
Hahahaha as much as I would love to do this my golf game is bad enough. Giving a SaaS demo between holes I wouldn't break 130๐Ÿ˜‚
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Salespreuner
Big Shot
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Regional Sales Director
Haha. So very true๐Ÿ˜€
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
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Regional VP
I feel like lots of deals still CAN get closed on golf courses. I think a lot probably still do. You might think โ€œthatโ€™s silly, how can I demo software or talk IT infrastructure on a golf course?โ€ ย No argument there. Weโ€™re talking about CLOSING a deal. If youโ€™re at a point where the last hurdle to cross is final negotiations with a CXO, then a golf course could be a great place to win a deal. Lots of execs play golf and itโ€™s a great place to have them loosen up.ย 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Needer of Life Alert
Hi! Here's a post about golfing alternatives:

https://bravado.co/war-room/posts/best-alternatives-to-golf-for-customer-engagement
Domot
Valued Contributor
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Account Executive
Thanks - but actually I'd love to play golf with my prospects so any tips would be welcome!ย 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Needer of Life Alert
I misread. Thought you were saying you couldn't play lol!
BlueJays2591
Politicker
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Business Development Manager
I used to play golf with prospects all the time when i sold to only one location. great way to connect and it made getting meetings automatic
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