Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.56.50 AMObserve the world around you.

That was the advice I gave a couple of our interns this week.  I had watched them spend 15 minutes looking straight down at their phones instead of watching the Mariners take batting practice right in front of them.  They weren’t doing anything wrong, but they were certainly missing out.

Phones and other devices are good things to have, but they shouldn’t take the place of the information you can gather right in front of you.

Every week I choose the conversation topics based on what I observe people around me and the country talking about.  That information is gathered from watching TV, some social media, but also the conversations sports fans have with me.

If you’re wondering which of these conversation starters will work for you, start by using your powers of observation to determine what co-workers talk about most.  While you’re at it, pay attention to how they talk about a sport, game or player.  Are they focused on the final score and the outcome, or are they describing the gorgeous weather for their family outing to the ballpark?

Just a few thoughts and topics for your conversations this week.


Making News:

  • Tony Parker
  • Stanley Cup Finals
  • Mark Buehrle
  • California Chrome
  • Roger Federer


Why They’re Making News:

  • In the NBA, it’s the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat playing in the Finals.  It’s a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.  The Heat are looking to complete the first three-peat since the LA Lakers did it in 2000, ’01 and ’02.  Spurs point guard Tony Parker is dealing with a sprained ankle but hopes to play in Game 1 on Thursday.
  • In the NHL, the Stanley Cup Finals are set. The LA Kings will host the NY Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night.  The Kings became the first time in NHL history to win three Game 7s in route to the Finals.  They knocked off the defending Champion Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night.  The Kings won the Cup in 2012.
  • In baseball, Toronto starting pitcher Mark Buehrle became the first pitcher to reach 10 wins this season. He is 10-1 in 12 starts this season.  Not only that, but Buehrle leads the Majors in wins and is among the league leaders in ERA.  Not bad for a 15-year veteran who was just expected to be “serviceable” this season.
  • In horse racing, California Chrome could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years if he wins Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.  California Chrome has already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.  The Belmont is the longest and most difficult of the Triple Crown races.
  • At the French Open, Roger Federer will not make it to the quarterfinal round.  The former top ranked tennis player in the world lost to Ernests Gulbis.  Federer has failed to make it to the quarterfinals in three of his last four Grand Slam events.

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business..  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.