Mixing business with pleasure

They say business and pleasure are like oil and water. They don’t mix. Yet, we hear success stories of leaders from various industries claiming that mixing business with pleasure has been their success strategy.

When endeavoring to mix business with pleasure one should always keep the following rules of thumb in mind

  • Balance

It is imperative that we understand that although business and pleasure can be mixed, one should never go overboard. Don’t assume that drinking alcohol at work or completing a business presentation at your local bar will count as mixing business with pleasure.

  • Boundaries

While it’s okay to meet prospective clients socially and suggest a few ideas or strategies to them, don’t try to sell the whole deal to them at the restaurant. Likewise, one should avoid getting too social or intimate with business prospects outside work, as this could have a negative effect on your relations at work.

  • Bring the real you

Whether it is the workplace or a leisure setting, avoid trying to be someone you are not. If you are not someone who parties hard and consumes copious amounts of alcohol without getting drunk, don’t pretend you are. Your guests, or hosts, will quickly find out.

Similarly, don’t pretend to be extremely serious at work if you have a sunny disposition. Just be yourself.

  • Break it down

Don’t think for a moment that a deal solidifies at an informal meeting. You can introduce an idea or concept but that’s about it. Sometimes people might not recall commitments made, or even change their mind. So it helps if you break the process down and deal with the chunk of it in a professional environment. Iron out the details in the office.

Follow these tips to mixing business with pleasure and more often than not you will find yourself enjoying the best of both worlds to the maximum limit. Remember, what works for one person does not work for another. So go slow, mix just a few things at a time. Mixing business with pleasure is like making a good cocktail. Get it right and it’s a heady feeling. Get it wrong and you’ll end up with salad dressing.

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