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Why you should mix business with pleasure

Here are his tips on making the best of both worlds

Why you should mix business with pleasure

You shouldn’t avoid blending business and pleasure, says Medy Navani, the founder and creative director of Dubai-based architecture and interior design practice Design Haus Medy.

In fact, you should try to do it more. Here are his tips on making the best of both worlds:

1. You are your business: As an entrepreneur, people buy into you; your passion, personality and knowledge. Once they are sold on you, they will turn their attention to your product or service. It is your transparency as a business owner that is appealing to clients and customers. People respond well to authenticity and like to see who sits behind the suit, so to speak. Remaining professional while allowing your true colours to shine through is key in building relationships with your clients and customers.

2. Expect the unexpected: Every person who crosses your path can be influential to your journey, even if you meet them outside the boardroom. Social conversations can open new doors and result in brilliant opportunities. Be sure to remain open-minded towards people you meet, as you never know where the connection may lead. Train yourself to think  that every interaction presents an opportunity.

3. Balance is key: There is a line you must tread carefully when mixing work and pleasure. You must know how to diplomatically ask favours from friends or discreetly explore ideas with new social acquaintances. Finding that equilibrium early on will ensure you know your boundaries and help you effectively leverage the right relationships.