Sports fans cover all different levels of fandom. There’s no one way to be a fan. There’s no test you have to pass to be considered a fan. Novice fans are just as entitled to talk about a sport or cheer for a team as a life-long, diehard fan.
I don’t care if you’re a bandwagon fan or not. It doesn’t mean you can’t talk about the game. It doesn’t make you less of a fan. It means you’ve got less history with the team or sport. It means you don’t have the same perspective as a life-long fan. It also means you’ll talk about games differently, and that’s just fine.
Fans talk about sports differently. If you want to connect with different types of fans, make sure you know who you’re talking to, and what might interest them.
The video explains what to look for and why it’s important when using sports conversations to build business relationships at work.
Sports talk is more than sports. It’s a way to relate to colleagues, build relationships and develop rapport. Jen Mueller can help your employees look at business communication and sports talk through a different lens. She’s a veteran sports broadcaster and currently serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team. She’s a rock star keynote presenter who brings a practial approach to business communication. Hire Jen for your next training or event: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
Didn’t spend your entire weekend watching sports? No problem – I did, because it’s my job. It’s not your job to be a sports fan, but it is your job to connect with colleagues because that’s how you’ll be the most productive and successful this week at work.
So to review…If you didn’t watch sports all weekend:
It doesn’t mean you’re not a sports fan (It means you have a life, and other interests)
It doesn’t mean you can’t talk about what happened over the weekend because you didn’t watch it first-hand. (It means you need this cheat sheet.)
It doesn’t mean you’re a fake if you talk to sports-loving colleagues this week based on these conversation starters. (It means you’re a good conversationalist.)
These sports #ConvoStarters can be delivered right to your inbox but only if you leave your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This!” You’ll be in the know by 7am every morning and have sports topics at the ready to use with sports-loving colleagues all week.
You know how you think your work speaks for itself or how your resume is so good it should just get you the job? It doesn’t and it won’t.
If all it took was proof of a job well done to get someone’s attention – then Mariners shortstop Jean Segura would have been an All-Star from the get-go.
He has All-Star numbers and is among the best in baseball in several offensive categories. His defense has been off the charts – and yet that wasn’t enough.
In the end Segura made the All-Star team but it wasn’t because of his productivity.
It’s because his teammates and Mariners staged a huge campaign encouraging fans to vote him in.
If an All-Star shortstop benefits from having colleagues campaign and advocate on his behalf, you would benefit too.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking your work speaks for itself. I guarantee it doesn’t say what you think it does. When push comes to shove it’s the relationships you develop with colleagues and the fanbase you build at work that can propel you to the next opportunity in your career.
If you really think you’re qualified for a job or a promotion stop pointing to your resume or your years of experience.
Be willing to have a conversation so people get to know you and understand for themselves – and if you can’t do that you’re not as qualified as you thought.
Each week on the blog I provide ways to improve your communication skills, build business relationships and develop rapport with colleagues.
I know you’ve got the skills and talent to succeed, make sure you’ve got confidence in your conversation skills too.
Jen Mueller is a member of the Mariners television broadcast team and serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter. She is also a rock star keynote presenter providing a unique twist on business communication and conversation skills. Hire Jen to speak at your next training or event: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com