In fact, when you talk sports at work, it’s often less about sports and more about making a connection.
Asking about a game you know your colleague watched or had a rooting interest in shows that you cared enough to remember. It also shows you cared enough to give your colleague a chance to talk about it. Those little conversations build rapport and the type of relationship you need to get “real” work done. Use those small moments to your advantage and use the next 55 seconds to brush up on these topics.
Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication. Her approach to one-on-one conversations has been honed throughout nearly 20 years as a sports broadcaster. She currently serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. Interested hiring Jen for your next company-wide training or conference? Send an email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com.
Great leaders are badasses at business communication.
The quickest way to become a badass at business communication yourself? Ask for what you need and do what you say.
It doesn’t matter what the “ask” is. Be specific and make sure it’s what you really want/need. For example, don’t ask for a 5 minute conversation if you know it’s going to take 15. Don’t invite someone out to coffee under the guise of “getting to know them” when you’re actually planning to deliver a sales pitch. Don’t say that you’ll be happy getting “a raise” when you when really wanted a 20% increase.
There’s still no guarantee you’ll get exactly what you want, but when you’re specific with your ask – and the real ask is made – you’re building relationships and becoming at badass at business communication.
Jen Mueller is the author of The Influential Conversationalist and a badass at business communication. Her approach to one-on-one conversations in business is based on nearly 20 years as a sports broadcaster. Jen currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks radio sideline reporter and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. Hire Jen to speak at your next conference or event: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
Politics and Election Day will make headlines all week long, but it doesn’t mean it makes the best small talk at work. In fact, politics is rarely the subject you should turn to for small talk (even if you think you’re on the same page with the people you work with.)
The opportunity to screw up that conversation and ruin a relationship just isn’t worth it.
Sports small talk gives you something to talk about and keeps you away from seriously divisive subjects. Sure, fans have opinions about their favorite teams that might not align with yours but it’s nowhere close to being on opposite sides of a political conversation.
So with that in mind, I beg you, try sports. I make it easy for you by providing weekly sports #ConvoStarters. It’s your cheat sheet to sports topics making news and a way to make small talk easier.
You can get these #ConvoStarters every Sunday night by following Talk Sporty to Me on Instagram.