When it comes to sports talk, there are certain topics, teams or sports that you prefer to talk about over others. It’s true for just about every sports fan.
Here’s what else is true – the people you come in contact with throughout the day can’t read your mind.
They have no idea if you’d like to talk about the latest football news, basketball playoffs, or your latest triathlon. Make it easy for people to approach you and start a conversation by giving them clues. There’s a number of ways you can do it like wearing team colors, using logo’d office products into your day and changing the ringtone on your phone. These little hints give other people a starting point for a conversation, share something personal about yourself and make it easier to build business relationships.
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Talk sports on your terms and forget about learning the rules or memorizing stats. Despite what you might have been told, that’s not how fans talk about games. They talk about headlines and storylines which is why I provide week sports #ConvoStarters and why I created a How to Talk Sporty guide. This is the way you learn how to talk sports and this is how you become a sports fan in a way that benefits your career.
Jen Mueller is a veteran sports broadcaster and currently serves as the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team. Jen founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 to help business professionals leverage sports fandom at work. She’s the author of three books on the subject and a rock-star keynote speaker. Learn how Jen can help your team communicate more effectively and build better business relationships, email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com.