Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Barriers to Communication, Jen MuellerWe’re just a couple days away from the Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

The game has led to nonstop media coverage for the last two weeks.  If you’ve found yourself wondering ‘why should I care?’ I’ve got the answer.   The Super Bowl is a great conversation piece because it provides several launching points for bigger discussions.  In fact, yesterday we showed you how to join the conversation without actually talking about the game.

Talking about the Super Bowl and sports in general is about appealing to a larger audience, and breaking through common communication barriers at work.   When you do that, you gain more influence and as a result leverage.  That would be helpful at work right?

Here’s a quick rundown of a few talking points to listen for, and follow, this weekend.  A tip of the cap to Bleacher Report for providing a short list:


–       The game is a rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago when the Giants ended the Patriots perfect season.

–       The game could affect future discussions about the greatest quarterback in NFL history.  If Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wins, it would be his 4th Super Bowl title in 5 tries.   As for Eli Manning of the Giants, he already has a Super Bowl ring but a second could move him closer to Hall of Fame status if he continues putting up the passing numbers we’ve seen in recent years.

–       The game will also play a roll in determining the legacy of the coaches involved.  Bill Belichick is already regarded as one of the best coaches ever, a win could move him higher in that discussion.  Tom Coughlin could be in the same position as Eli when it comes to winning a second title.

–       Peyton Manning’s name is coming up quite a bit.  He helped make the Colts a winning team, which led to the beautiful building that will host the festivities Sunday.  Manning missed the entire season and there are questions as to whether he’ll be able to play again.  He’ll be in attendance though, watching little brother Eli.  Both have 1 Super Bowl title, a win for Eli would give him bragging rights over Peyton


There’s plenty more storylines out there, but this should get you started.

Enjoy the game and all those Super Bowl conversations.


Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work.  Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to use sports conversations to their advantage in business.   Her practical and humorous approach comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster.  Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact for more information and read more at

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