Courtesy of Black Enterprise
We have all heard the dos and donâ€™ts of networking, but lately, thereâ€™s a growing trend among business professionals: sweatworking. Coined by the New York Times, the term is exactly what it sounds like: networking while sweating it out at the gym. An increasing number of people professionals are taking advantage of the countryâ€™s current fitness obsession by forgoing the wine and cheese, and hitting the gym to make connections and cut deals. Here are a few of the benefits to taking a potential client to a Zumba class instead of happy hour:
1) Weâ€™ll start with the obvious: itâ€™s healthier. Weâ€™re all aware of the damaging effects alcohol can have on our bodies, including packing on the pounds. No one is saying that you canâ€™t partake in that glass of Pinot after the class but at least youâ€™ve burned a few calories beforehand to make up for the 110-300 calories per glass. Less calorie intake and no hangover the next day; how can someone not appreciate you offering an option that benefits his health?
2) You donâ€™t have to worry about saying something youâ€™ll regret later. Alcohol impairs your judgment. The more relaxed and loose youâ€™re feeling, the easier it is for something negative, or just plain stupid, to slip out. Also, youâ€™re less likely to drink heavily right after a routine, as you are in â€˜feel good mode,â€™ which aids in keeping a positive vibe going.