Sunlight started streaming through the windows at 6:30 this morning. A sure sign that spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Trust me, living in Seattle this is a big deal. But I guarantee, we’re not the only ones enjoying warmer weather and sunlight. Your neighbors and colleagues are doing the same thing. With more and more people getting out and about, it’s helpful to have conversation topics at the ready to make those social situations easier.
The same is true in your workplace. When it’s time to socialize, chit chat or entertain, don’t be at a loss for words. Awkward silence is uncomfortable and doesn’t send a message that you’re competent, confident and comfortable with who you are and what you do.
Try the following sports conversation starters this week.
NFL – It’s draft weekend and football fans are excited. They’ve followed the hype of the workouts, combines and predicted draft order. Andrew Luck was told by Indianapolis that the Colts would take him with the overall #1 pick. Robert Griffin III (RG3) is expected to be the second player selected by the Washington Redskins.
- How do you think Luck will do at replacing the legendary Peyton Manning in Indianapolis?
- Each year the draft becomes a bigger media event. What do you think of the prime time coverage? Do you watch any of it?
NBA – The NBA playoffs start this week. The regular season ends Thursday and the playoffs start Saturday. Remember this is the end of a lockout-shortened season, which means the players have played more games in a shorter amount of time. The schedule has taken its toll on many players including stars like Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.
- How will that fatigue play out during the playoffs?
- The Charlotte Bobcats need to win one of their final three games to avoid the worst winning percentage in the history of the game. Can they do it? Basketball legend Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the team. What should he do to improve things in the off-season?
MLB – In case you missed it over the weekend, Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber pitched a perfect game against the Mariners. That means Humber didn’t allow a hit, a walk, a run or an error in the game. It was the 21st perfect game in baseball history. He was an unlikely candidate to accomplish the feat given his “journeyman” status.
- Where does a perfect game rank among the most challenging sports accomplishments you can think of?
- What’s the coolest sports accomplishment you’ve ever seen?
NHL – The first round of the playoffs is nearly over. The top seeded Vancouver Canucks were ousted by the LA Kings. The defending Stanley Cup Champions, Boston Bruins, had to fight back and force a deciding game 7 against Washington. If Boston doesn’t win, the second round will be without an Original 6 team for the first time since 2006. Typically, those teams have a stronger fan base and get better TV ratings.
- Which team is the favorite now?
- How has parity affected the NHL, the fan base and the TV viewers?
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work. She’s also helping them climb the corporate ladder through her program “What Do I Say?” Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how their communication skills can make ’em or break ’em in business. Her conversation strategy comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster. Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com