It’s the holiday season
So whoop-de-do and hickory dock,
and don’t forget to hang up your sock…
I love being able to listen to Christmas carols and holiday songs on the radio this time of year, but I cannot get that song out of my head! It’s driving me nuts!
I can’t be the only one. What holiday song keeps rattling around in your head?
Here’s something else that can get stuck in your head: arguments, harsh words and things you didn’t mean to say – especially around family and friends. It’s one of there reasons I posted 5 Ways to Disagree Like an Adult last month. Among my favorite tips – Respond Instead of React You’re not on a gameshow. The first person to react doesn’t score a point or win a prize.
It’s not just about the conversations you have with family, it’s a reminder that you might cost yourself the chance at your next biggest opportunity if you can’t effectively deal with disagreements at work. Use sports conversations to practice disagreeing in face-to-face, low-leverage situations.
- You can also use a sports example to consider ways to advance your career. In the post Career Challenges Make You Interesting, I use a conversation with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to explain why you should look for adversity. (Hint: it gives you a chance to play the hero in your own story.)
- December means you’re wrapping your business activity for 2017. As you plan for 2018, make sure you’ve got a good follow up strategy in place. I shared the one I use inside the Seahawks locker room with my good friend Elizabeth Case.
- November marked a big month for The Influential Conversationalist. It got mentions in Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch and a number of business journals. Did you happen to see one of the working titles for the book?
- I joined a couple podcasts in November to talk about the book, including Redefining Change with Kate Fessler
- And my business coach and good friend, Debbie Page challenged me on why I’ve resisted asking for help in my business and how it impacted launching The Influential Conversationalist.
Speaking of which, the book makes a great gift for clients and staff. When you place an order with me (Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com) I’ll give you a discount so…. whoop-de-do and hickory dock 😉