Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to the New Year and a new edition of sports ConvoStarters for your workweek!

If any of your New Year’s resolutions involved being more successful at work, making more money or getting a promotion – you need these weekly conversation starters, and you need sports.

Small talk helps you build rapport that leads to business relationships.

Sports allows you to connect with millions of people.

Therefore… Being able to talk sports gives you the possibility to build rapport and business relationships with millions of people.

Because of that, I’ve included a 2018 Sports Calendar that you can download right here, as well as these sports topics making headlines this week.

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Posted on: January 1st, 2018 by Jen Mueller

It’s my yearly exercise in gratitude. And sometimes it gets a chuckle from skeptics.

Why would I bother writing thank you notes to multi-million dollar athletes?

Because saying thank you is important. People matter and relationships count.

Football is a business, but I don’t talk to a “business” after a game. I don’t ask for interviews from a “business.”

I talk to people and I ask human beings for interviews.

Here are a few things you should know about the thank you notes I write to multi-million dollar athletes.

  1. They don’t have to talk to me – but they do. The NFL requires that players are made available to the media. Being available to talk and being willing to talk are two different things. It’s not easy to field questions about a bad day at work or a disappointing game, and yet the guys I work with answer my questions win or lose.
  2. People matter. The notes aren’t about their season stats or contributions on the field. Instead, I specifically call out how they’ve made my job easier or more enjoyable, just by being themselves.
  3. Relationships are important. Being a (good) sideline reporter requires more than football knowledge. There’s a level of trust and respect needed from the players and coaches to be effective. Thank you notes express my gratitude for the trust they’ve placed in me. The notes also ensure the last interaction with me for the year is a positive one that they can take into next season.

As a result of the relationships I develop inside an NFL locker room, I know the guys have my back, I’ll get the answers I need in a timely fashion, and they’ll be gracious even during difficult conversations (or interviews).

It doesn’t matter if you’re working with multi-million dollar athletes, highly successful corporate professionals, difference-making teachers or recent college graduates. Thank you notes work.

Relationships count and people matter.

Don’t let the business side of business overshadow the importance of the people you work with. Show gratitude to your colleagues. Click To TweetTell ‘em they matter. Place importance on fostering good relationships. It’s part of what an Influential Conversationalist does.

Jen Mueller is a rock star keynote presenter and sports broadcaster. An entire career spent in sports locker rooms gives her unique perspective on leadership and business communication skills and is the basis for her latest book The Influential Conversationalist available on Amazon.  

Posted on: December 29th, 2017 by Jen Mueller

Every Monday we provide small snapshot of what’s happening in sports with our weekly sports conversation starters (#ConvoStarters.)

Here’s the master sports calendar we use at Talk Sporty to Me to keep track of the changing seasons. We thought you might like to see how the seasons flow from one year to the next and take note of a few big dates coming in 2018. Download this calendar, print it off, keep it on your desk and never be caught off-guard by a sports topic in the news.



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