Posted on: May 15th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

So we’ve gone over how to use headlines to your advantage in a conversation.  But sometimes it pays to dig a little deeper, like the stories this week circulating about Ken Griffey Jr.  I work for FSN which is a team partner of the Mariners, so I won’t weigh in on this one except to say these few things.

Griffey has been gracious and accommodating with his time and his dealings with the media and his teammates since his return last season.

-It has been a challenging week for Griffey and his teammates dealing with the ups and downs of all the stories.

-And lastly, ‘fan’ is short for fanatic.  It’s what makes them passionate and develops their love for a sport or a player.  It can also affect their perspective.  All of the stories you read deal with real people, who have real feelings and real families.

So how do you use this in a conversation?  You mention you were reading a blog (feel free to say Jen Mueller’s Talk Sporty to Me blog) about Griffey today and pose the question “What do you think about the Griffey situation?”  Depending on how the conversation develops you could say “Jen’s traveling with the team and says it’s been challenging for the clubhouse this week.”  As you converse, remember the goal of a conversation should be to get to know the other person better and to build a stronger relationship with that person.  It’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong.  You might completely disagree with my viewpoint.   That’s okay, at least it got you thinking and talking about sports.