Grab Life By the (Sports) Balls

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by Jen Mueller

True or False: The title of The Influential Conversationalist changed four times before getting the green light as the name of my latest book.

True or False: “Grab Life by the Balls” was one of the working titles for the book.

If you said both statements were “True” you’re correct!

There was a period of about three weeks in which I contemplated an “edgy” title for the book. The cover idea was easy, me with an armful of sports balls and equipment. It made perfect sense because I’ve spent my entire life in sports. It also made sense because the statement gave a directive, instructed reader to take action and with a tone that suggested, “You better get out of my way.”

In the end I settled on The Influential Conversationalist as a safer title and one that described the content of the book better. However, if you use the conversation strategies in The Influential Conversationalist you’ll not only develop your leadership potential as the title suggests, but you will have the opportunity to grab life by whatever it is you’d like.

I’ve worked around athletes my entire career and every day I see the importance of controlling what you can control and making the most of your opportunities.

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All of that is expressed in this recent press release that was picked up by over 200 media outlets including Yahoo Finance.

Jen Mueller Grabs Life by the Balls.

And she helps readers to do the same in her newest book titled, The Influential Conversationalist: Conversation skills that develop leadership potential.

Nearly two decades of experience in sports broadcasting means Jen has been talking about balls (and other sports equipment) with well-known athletes the rest of us only dream of having a few moments with.

The new book is already flooded with praise from the likes of NFL sideline reporters Erin Andrews, Pam Oliver, Alex Flanagan, and Laura Okmin, as well as NFL Pro-Bowlers Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, and Doug Baldwin (who also provided the foreword).

Jen’s humorous, no-nonsense approach to career development is refreshing and accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Unlike others who might shy away from the big topics, Jen challenges sacred cows and the most common excuses in chapters like, “Does This Make My Bias Look Big?” and “Sexism Versus Poor Communication Skills.”

What makes this book different? Jen’s access to professional athletes provides a unique and interesting perspective – with lots of direct stories from her interactions (including an answer to the common “What’s it really like in the locker room?” question, and the story of how she wound up with her very own Super Bowl ring). Her approach leads to a fun, engaging, and interesting read, with practical tips that demonstrate how strong communication skills set the stage for career development opportunities in any field.

But don’t take our word for it, listen to Seahawks Pro-Bowler Doug Baldwin, who says: “You’re not always going to know what to say, and sometimes what you say won’t come out right, but if you use the techniques Jen demonstrates in the book you’ll be well on your way to communicating more effectively, becoming an Influential Conversationalist and finding new ways to lead.”

About Talk Sporty to Me and The Influential Conversationalist

Jen Mueller’s passion for improving the way people approach business communication motivated her to launch Talk Sporty to Me in 2009. The company facilitates corporate training on how to make sports conversations useful in business, and provides an outside-the-box approach to business communication. The Influential Conversationalist is now available on Amazon.

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I’m open to talking about this more. In fact, if you would like me to be a guest on your podcast or provide a guest post for your blog, let’s chat. In the meantime, download a free preview of The Influential Conversationalist.

Jen Mueller is a dynamic speaker and thought-leader in developing conversation skills that work in business. She bases her approach on nearly two decades in sports broadcasting. Jen is the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team. She’s the gal you want for an entertaining, outside-the-box presentation on business communication.