I usually wait until Friday to post success stories, but I am too excited to wait. Yesterday, I posted my weekly list of conversation starters, which included a NASCAR question, regarding the final race of the Chase the Cup next week.
I work with a huge NASCAR fan and when he came into the office yesterday morning, I ask him what he thought about last week’s race in Phoenix. Now, keep in mind that I couldn’t watch any of the race because I was working the sidelines of the Seahawks game. But Stu, my co-worker filled me in on what he liked and didn’t like about the race.
Then I said “Next week, it’s a big one, winner take all for the Cup. What do you think?”
“It’s going to be close, but I don’t like Hamlin that much. He’s too much of a whiner for me. I’d like to see Jimmy Johnson win because it would be cool if he could win a 5th straight Cup. No one’s done that before.”
“Hmm,” I said. “good point”
At that point, Stu looked at me and said “By the way, look at you talking NASCAR. Nice!”
I couldn’t stop smiling. It was my own Talk Sporty success story but more than that, it helped solidify my relationship with a co-worker. Stu enjoys talking about racing but there aren’t many people in our office who enjoy that sport as much as he does. My question gave him a chance to share his passion and I couldn’t help but notice he was particularly nice and helpful the rest of the day.