Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

NFC TrophyTake a look at what was sitting on the stage Wednesday during Pete Carroll’s weekly Wednesday press conference.  The NFC trophy gleamed brightly in front of about 50 media members.

That would be an unusually large media contingency for a normal week, but it’s to be expected the week of the NFC title game.

Now keep in mind a press conference isn’t scripted or structured.  It’s a free for all.  It’s people shouting out questions from around the room on a variety of topics.  You don’t raise your hand and wait to be called on.

Getting a question asked and answered often means talking over someone who started asking a question at the exact same time.  Last week it took five attempts for me to get my question out during Pete’s press conference.  It got a little frustrating until I recognized that the men who were getting their questions out over mine – were simply talking louder.

As soon as I matched their volume I was free to ask my question.


Business Application:

In business it’s not always appropriate to raise your voice and talk over someone.  When I’m in the office it’s not appropriate to do that, but the press conference did remind me that if I want to be heard, sometimes I have to be assertive and make it known that I have something to say.

There was no chance Pete Carroll was going to guess my question and offer an answer without me asking the question.  Your boss, your colleagues, coworkers and clients feel the same way.  They’re not in the business of reading minds.  If you’ve got something to say speak up, make it known in an appropriate way.

And if your voice gets a little loud in the process, explain how a Seahawks press conference works and they’ll understand.

Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle.  She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans.  The book is available on Amazon.