You need more than data points to convince colleagues you’re a person they want to work with.
Your resume means diddly squat if you’re perceived as a jerk, a pain in the ass, difficult to work with, or any number of other things that are less politically correct.
I know you’re not a jerk, but you’re going to have to give your colleagues a little more than your word. You’re going to have to give them your attention. Talk to them – and actually listen. Small talk matters and this sports topics can make it easier this week.
Fresh off a huge weekend of sports and Mother’s Day here’s something to consider, if mom encouraged you to treat others the way you wanted to be treated then you should be talking sports to sports fans regardless of your interest or level of fandom.
After all, you want people to ask about your stamp collection, rock-climbing hobby, basket-weaving class, storm chasing vacation and wine consumption. Okay, maybe not the wine consumption depending on the day, but you get the idea.
You want to be asked about things you’re interested in. Sports fans want the same thing.
Asking about something you’re not interested in doesn’t make you inauthentic, it makes you mindful of treating others the way you’d want to be treated.
With that in mind, see how many of these sports topics you can work into small talk this week.
After 20 years of working in sports, I’m frequently asked, “Who’s your favorite player to interview?”
I’m sure the answer, “I can’t name just one,” disappoints everyone, but it’s the truth.
I’ve been blessed and fortunate to meet a number of incredibly talented and incredibly wonderful human beings.
Every single one of the them has reinforced that people are people.
The athletes I’ve covered have taught me a lot about how to relate to people from different backgrounds, the importance of developing relationships and ways to leverage the relationships you already have in making new ones.
It’s something I talk about often during presentations I give corporate clients and it’s the subject of one of the Mentorship Moments I posted to inspire young women, aspiring journalists and up-and-coming leaders.
Take a look.
Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication. She’s a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports and serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter. Her take on business communication is based on nearly 20 years inside sports locker rooms. She relates her unique perspective to business scenarios and is an entertaining speaker for corporate trainings, keynotes and conference breakouts. Inquire about hiring Jen: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com