Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Don’t just think about wins and losses.

It’s something that I tell sports fans when it comes to using sports conversations to cultivate business.

Sports conversations at work should be used to build relationships and develop rapport.  Those two things lead to business opportunities.  Skipping sports small talk in an effort to get down to business actually means you’re skipping part of the relationship building process and ultimately limiting yourself.

So join the conversation this week, build relationships and get more done at work.


Making News:

Richie Incognito

Florida State

Indiana Pacers

Cy Young

Jimmie Johnson


Why They’re Making News:

  • Richie Incognito provided plenty of talking points for sports media and sports fans last week.  More details are coming to light, including Incognito’s first interview since being accused of bullying a fellow teammate.  Look for more information and details to emerge this week.
  • In college football, Florida State moves up to #2 in the BCS polls.  Oregon drops to #6 after the loss to Stanford.  That means the way is paved for an Alabama-Florida State BCS Title game matchup.
  • Major League Baseball will award its most prestigious pitching honor this week.  The league will announce the Cy Young Award winners and the MVP’s for the season on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • L.A. Lakers guard Steve Nash will see a back specialist this week.  Nash says he’s experiencing nerve issues that go back to the broken leg he suffered last season. The 18-year veteran has seen his health decline in the last couple years.
  • Jimmie Johnson extended his lead the NASCAR Chase for the cup.  All he needs to do is finish in the top 25 in next week’s season finale to clinch the title.  It would be his sixth series championship.


Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.