Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 7.33.02 AMIt feels like the season of vacations and getaways, a chance to unplug and get out of the office.  Everyone needs a chance to be rejuvenated and relax, but don’t forget that opportunities don’t take a vacation.

There are always opportunities to have a conversation that makes an impact, whether it’s with your family, your friends you colleagues or a potential client.  Those chances exist every day.  I don’t advocate thinking about work on vacation (although I’d be guilty of this) but I do recommend having conversation topics at the ready that can be productive and easy icebreakers to get to know someone.


Try these sports topics this week.

Making News:

  • World Cup
  • NBA Draft
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Michelle Wie
  • Tiger Woods


Why They’re Making News:

  • In the World Cup, the United States allowed a late goal in extra time to Portugal that resulted in a 2-2 draw.  The U.S. is tied with Germany at the top of the Group G standings.  The U.S. plays Germany on Thursday. Among the scenarios that would allow the U.S. to advance to the Round of 16, is a win against Germany.
  • The NBA Draft is Thursday and the Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick overall.  They are thought to be leaning toward taking Duke Jabari Paker over Andrew Wiggins who would likely go to the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Also in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony is planning to opt out of his contract with the NY Knicks and test free agency.  He could be a big addition for a team looking to make a run next season.  The Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets or Miami Heat are the expected front-runners right now.
  • In golf, Michelle Wie won the Women’s U.S. Open Sunday.  It was the first Major of her career.  Wie became one of the biggest stars in women’s golf when she was just 13-years old.  Now 24 years old, Wie beat top-ranked Stacy Lewis by two strokes for the win.
  • Tiger Woods returns to golf this week after missing nearly four months with a back injury.  Woods announced that he will play at the Congressional this week and get himself back into playing shape.  He has not played a competitive round since March 9th and missed both The Masters and U.S. Open.  Tiger is expected to play in the British Open in three weeks.

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.