If you want to become a sports fan, don’t start by trying to learn the rules. Not only is attempting the 101 approach (Football 101, Basebal 101, Basketball 101, etc…) tedious and frustrating – it’s not how fans talk about the game.
Fans talk about the topics, players and storylines making news. The talk about the headlines.
If you want to become a sports fan that’s where you should start. In fact I developed an entire approach around how to become a sports fan almost 10 years ago using sports headlines as the starting point. It’s why I provide Weekly Sports Conversation Starters. The video explains how to use that weekly cheat sheet to build your sports knowledge base and become a sports fan.
As I mentioned in the video, I am a former high school football official. It’s not a bad thing to learn the rules, it’s just not advantageous to get into the weeds trying to memorize a rulebook (unless you’re studying to become an official.) Make it easy on yourself. Sign up for the weekly sports #ConvoStarters and purchase the How to Talk Sporty guide and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a sports fan and talking sporty at work.
Jen Mueller is a rock star keynote presenter who provides an outside-the-box approach to business communication. Whether you need to know how to talk sports, or want to be more effective in your day-to-day interactions Jen’s got you covered. She talks for a living you know, as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and as a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team. Contact Jen via email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
Even if you’ve got the day off for the holiday, you’ll still need something to talk about the rest of the week. Sports is a great go-to topic for breaking the ice, building rapport and developing business relationships. In addition, sports fans talk to other sports fans, which means you’ve got access to a lot of people if you can talk sports.
With that in mind, here are topics you can use this week.
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Don’t let your drive and desire to “get stuff done” at work overshadow your willingness to build relationships. You can be the smartest person in the room, or the most talented person in your office, but it’s hard to convince colleagues they should enjoy working with you if you don’t take the time to get to know them.
Finding ways to connect with colleagues doesn’t have to be an arduous task. It’s as simple as having a conversation about something other than work. Utilize small talk. Try sports to get the ball rolling. It’s a safe subject that can take you down a lot of different conversation paths. It also helps you avoid the awkward 20-questions scenario in which you start asking random questions in hopes one of them resonates.
If you’re not comfortable with your ability to strike up a sports conversation, then you need the How to Talk Sporty guide available on TalkSportytoMe.com and sign up for your weekly sports cheat sheet by leaving your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This.” Select Weekly Conversation starters and you’ll be sports savvy by 7am every Monday.