Every week we provide a list of sports conversation starters to help you build your sports knowledge base and help in small talk at work.
This week we’re also giving you an idea of how to take the talking points and use them to start a conversation.
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Sports talk isn’t just about talking sports. Sports small talk gives you a chance to practice your conversation skills in low leverage situations, get to know the people you’re working with and provides an entry point to additional conversations.
If your colleagues are already talking it’s easier to keep the conversation going.
Don’t overlook sports talk as the starting point for business conversations. If the sports part doesn’t interest you, look for the opening to pivot the conversation to business or another topic.
Here’s what it boils down to – having the confidence to have a conversation, the patience to wait for the right opening to introduce the topic you want to talk about and the desire to build relationships with the people you work with.
Jen Mueller is a veteran sports broadcaster and a rock-star keynoe presenter. She is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast and the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. She’s written three books on how to improve business communication using sports conversations and fandom. Hire Jen for your next event: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
It’s another workweek and another batch of sports conversation starters, but also it’s a reminder that not all conversations go according to plan.
I’ve had a few exchanges in the last week that had me questioning my status as an “Expert Talker.” A couple were awkward, another was unproductive, and yet another had me over-thinking the words I actually said.
As much as I don’t want to have those types of interactions, they happen from time to time. Here’s what you need to remember – once you have established rapport with someone, the relationship helps smooth over the rough edges of a less than perfect exchange.
I’m not going to get it right all the time, neither are you, which is why it’s important to build relationships with colleagues and have conversations throughout the week, not just when you need to talk to them.
It’s one of the reasons you should be using these sports ConvoStarters and making small talk at work this week.
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