Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 8.00.14 AMWhen you talk in a way people want to listen, your message is more likely to be heard and acted on.

I say this all the time during my corporate presentations as it pertains to the style, medium and message of your communication.   It’s important to tailor your conversation style to the person you’re talking to  – even if it’s uncomfortable for you.  You already know your message.  Your goal should be getting others around you to respond to that message.

And that’s where sports conversations can be a helpful tool.  There are millions of sports fans in the U.S., tapping into their passion gives you new vehicle for your message and increases the chances it will be heard.

Here are a few topics making news this week.

Making News:

  • NFL Draft
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Derek Fisher
  • California Chrome
  • Indianapolis 500

Why They’re Making News:

  • The NFL Draft just occurred during the second weekend of May, but the event is in the news this week as the league looks ahead to 2015.  The NFL owners are meeting this week and it’s expected that they will talk about moving the draft out of New York City.
  • The defending Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Blackhawks are back in the Western Conference Finals in a rematch of last year’s series against the L.A. Kings.  The Blackhawks looked shaky in their first round series against St. Louis, but have been regaining their championship form.
  • Last week we mentioned the possibility of Steve Kerr being named head coach of the NY Knicks.  He did take a head-coaching job, but it was with Golden State.  Derek Fisher is now considered a serious candidate to coach the Knicks, but he’s still a player himself and on the Oklahoma Thunder roster.
  • California Chrome won the Preakness Saturday.  The horse has now won the first two events in horseracing’s Triple Crown.  He could become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, but there’s an issue of nasal strips standing in the way.  Rules in New York, where the final race is held, do not allow horses to wear the nasal strips that many horses including California Chrome use.
  • The Indianapolis 500 will take place Sunday May 25.  Ed Carpenter is on the pole (top spot) for a second straight year.  It is billed as the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and is considered the largest single-day sporting event in the world with an estimated 300,000 fans in attendance.

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.