Practicing Leadership for Graduates

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Jen Mueller

This is the time of year high school and college graduates approach me and ask for career advice. (You probably experience the same thing.) Of course, the advice-seekers want to know how to break into the sports broadcasting industry, but more than that, they want to know the secret to staying in the industry and making their mark.

In essence, they’re asking how to be seen as leaders. Here’s the key – show up.

There’s no substitute for time spent. Time spent at work and time spent with colleagues.

The time you spend cultivating relationships and building your knowledge base puts you in a position to lead. Click To Tweet

This is what leadership looks like…

Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton threw a no-hitter earlier this month in Toronto. It was the first complete game of his career and a huge accomplishment for any pitcher to no-hit a team.

Here’s what James did during our post-game interview – he took credit for pitching a great game. He gave his teammates credit for their part in helping him, but he didn’t shy away from articulating what he did well.

Leaders need to give credit to the people around them, but showing others how to take credit for a job well done is another form of leadership. Encourage the team around you to identify how they’ve contributed to wins and why their talents are important. You’ll be empowering them to continue doing good work and take the next big step.


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Be purposeful in your daily interactions and get on a first-name basis with colleagues, it’s one of the most practical ways to build rapport that leads to leadership opportunities.

And there’s this…

Encourage colleagues to start practicing leadership right where they are in their career. Forward this along and have them click here to join the Practicing Leadership list to get practical tips every month.


Give Yourself a Sporting Chance

Posted on: May 21st, 2018 by Jen Mueller

I’m sure there will be plenty of people talking about the royal wedding this week.

When you get tired of talking about that, here are a few sports headlines making news. Think of this as your cheat sheet.

It’s a quick way to get up to speed on what’s happening in sports and have conversation topics at the ready.



Increase Your Influence Episode 6 – How to Show Up in Your Career

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

If you’re looking for ways to take your career to the next level, I’ve got two pieces of advice: start talking to people and show up.

Literally, show up.

I know it’s trendy to work from home and it’s tempting to spend less time in the office, but it’s not the approach that’s going to lead to your next big opportunity.

You need to be seen.

You need to get to the point where people (like your colleagues and especially you boss) miss you when you’re not around.

You need to give your colleagues a chance to know you and trust you.

When you show up, good things happen. In my case I earned a Super Bowl ring. Take a look at the video to see how it happened.

You can increase your influence by maximizing daily interactions. I’ve got plenty of suggestions on the blog and in my latest book The Influential Conversationalist. Pick up your copy and let me know which strategy makes the biggest difference for you.

Jen Mueller is a sports broadcaster and rock star keynote speaker. She currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter and is a member of the Seattle Mariners televison broadcast team. Jen’s unique take on business communication comes from nearly 20 years inside professional sports locker rooms. Hire Jen to speak to your team about how to become more engaged and more productive by using her conversation strategies. You can reach Jen via email:


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