Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by Jen Mueller

It’s a holiday week, which means that if your coworkers are in the office, they’re likely looking for a distraction and a way to pass the time until celebrating July 4th.  If that’s the case, then considering using one of these sports conversation topics to get the ball rolling.  Remember the conversation doesn’t have to revolve around sports.  It’s just a way to get into the conversation.

Once you’ve got them talking, think about other conversation avenues that could come out talking about a game or an event.  Take the Tour de France for example. If you’re not into racing, how about a conversation about France or other places you’ve traveled.

Names in the News:

  • Dwight Howard
  • Max Scherzer
  • Nathan MacKinnon
  • Tour de France
  • Wimbledon

Why They’re in the News:

  • NBA free agent Dwight Howard is on the hunt for a new team.  He played with the LA Lakers during the 2012-13 season, and the Lakers want to re-sign the center.  There are reports, however, that Howard doesn’t like the offensive style of the Lakers head coach.
  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer hasn’t lost a game this season and is 12-0.  He’s the first pitcher to start 12-0 since Roger Clemens started 14-0 with the Red Sox in 1986.
  • The Colorado Avalanche selected Nathan MacKinnon with the #1 pick in the NHL draft.  The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup a week ago.  Teams won’t be back on the ice until September for training camp.
  • The Tour de France is underway.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the race that covers 21 stages and ends July 27th.
  • The tennis at Wimbledon rolls into the second week of matches.  Nine of the 32 players remaining are 30 years old or older.  That ties the Wimbledon Open-era record for the fourth round.

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.