Speaking with confidence helps reinforce your rock-star status at work. It also helps others see you as influential and capable of handling yourself in a wide-range of situations.
Of course, you should be able to talk about your job and your work accomplishments with confidence, but you should also be able to confidently make small talk. That’s where these sports conversation starters come in. These topics are ones making news around the country and give you something to talk about with sports-loving colleagues and clients.
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Jen Mueller is sports broadcaster and rock-star keynote presenter. She helps professionals make sports useful in business and develop their leadership potential through daily interactions. Hire Jen for her outside the box approach to business communication. Contact her via email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
You are awesome. I know it and you know it. But how many people in your office recognize your awesomeness?
You might think they’re paying attention to your hard work, and while they appreciate the fact that you’re doing a job they don’t have to do, they’re probably not as tuned in to your rock-star skills as you think.
Talk to them. Communicate with your colleagues. Don’t leave it up to them to figure out how great you are. Make it super easy for them – and you’ll be the one who benefits in the end.
Jen Mueller is the author of The Influential Conversationalist and a rock star keynote presenter. She knows how to wow a crowd with stories from nearly two decades spent inside professional sports locker rooms. If you’re looking for a fresh take on leadership and business communication, hire Jen. You can reach her via email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.