This isn’t just the start of any workweek for me, it’s the start of football season. This week I’ll head out to Seahawks Training Camp and engage with hundreds of fans and dozens of new players. When I look at the Seahawks roster and realize how many new players I need to not only meet, but develop relationships with, it’s easy to get intimidated.
Here’s what I remind myself of – relationships aren’t developed in one conversation.
My goal is to have a series of short interactions or conversations that allow a player to get used to seeing me, start to trust me and lay the ground work for longer conversations (you might call them interviews) in the coming weeks.
Here’s what this means for you: You should make it a goal to have a series of conversations with colleagues that allow them to get used to interacting with you and lay the foundation for bigger business conversations.
Those short interactions could be called small talk, and you can use these sports conversation starters for that this week.
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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.)
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