Don’t make the mistake of thinking the subliminal messages you’re sending are as effective as talking to people.
If you watched Major League Baseball during the weekend you might have noticed your favorite teams were wearing alternate uniforms with nicknames (instead of their actual names) on their jerseys. It was part of “Players Weekend” and a way for players to express their personal style on the field. It’s also supposed to be a way for fans to get to know them better.
And I think it’s dumb. I rarely say things like that, especially since I am part of the broadcast team for the Seattle Mariners. Perhaps I’m old school (or just plain old) for not liking the color schemes or how ridiculous all the highlights looked last weekend.
Here’s the thing – changing the name on a jersey, wearing different cleats, using different equipment is not how you build relationships and it’s not the most effective way to communicate what’s important to you. Talking is.
You can’t expect people to figure it out on their own. You have to be willing to communicate with colleagues, teammates and clients. Use this sports #ConvoStarters to get started.
Leaders know leadership doesn’t come through a title. It’s your ability to influence people that makes you a leader.
That type of leadership starts with the way you handle 1-on-1 interactions which is why Jen is bringing back 5 Conversation Skills Great Leaders Master.
The strategies in this series are:
Practical. Jen based them on the same ones she uses every day in sports and business conversations
Efficient. They take just 15-seconds to implement because Jen doesn’t have time to waste on TV and neither do you!
Results-driven. You’ll see skyrocketing improvement in the way team members respond and your overall productivity.
We’ll cover ways to:
1. Share success without bragging so you can better negotiate for yourself.
2. Deliver clear instructions without sounding bossy.
3. Motivate team members to take the “right” next steps without micro-managing.
4. Discover the mindset shift that changes EVERYTHING!
You don’t need a leadership title to lead right where you are in your career. You do the need ability to effectively share ideas, create buy-in, advocate for yourself and others. Those outcomes are at the heart of these conversation strategies. The 3-part webinar takes place Sept 16-18 from 7-7:30am PT.
Can’t join live?
No problem. The entire series is recorded. You’ll receive an email with the link to the recording by noon PT each day.
You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot of productivity and leadership skills to gain.
Being hyper-focused on your to-do list doesn’t mean you should get “down to business” as quickly as you can. Skipping small talk and jumping right into a work conversation is jarring and can be perceived as rude. Small talk isn’t the thing to leave off your to-do list when you have work to do because there’s a good chance you need cooperation from your colleagues to get things done.
Keep small talk short as in 15-30 seconds. That’s all it takes.
Pick a topic that could actually generates a thoughtful response (Read: not the weather.)
Sports works. And all the sports #ConvoStarters listed below can be delivered in a 15-30 second conversation.