VIDEO: Give Yourself a Sporting Chance

Posted on: October 15th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

You don’t have to talk sports…but it does help you connect with millions of people around the United States and the world who love talking about sports.

Think of sports small talk as one more tool you can use to develop rapport and build business relationships. You can start with this 60 second video. What you do with the conversations after the sports talk is done is up to you.

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A Leadership Question: Where Have You Been

Posted on: October 12th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

“Be seen to the point people don’t remember the space without you.”

It’s the piece of advice I offer most often to entrepreneurs and to young professionals who want to know how to make their mark in the world and be seen as credible.

Here’s what it means:

  • Commit to showing up consistently, whether it’s showing up to work, showing up in your marketing or social media efforts, or showing up at networking events.
  • Be yourself when you show up. You’re already a rock star, you don’t need to try and be a superhero.
  • Cultivate relationships that allow you to be missed.
  • Enjoy hearing the question: “Where have you been?”

As a young sports broadcaster I didn’t want to stand out. I didn’t want people to notice the woman in the locker room. I didn’t want to make waves. I didn’t want to be seen.

And then, I realized that being asked the question “Where have you been?” is the highest compliment I could receive because it’s another way of saying “I miss you.”

Developing those kind of relationships are vital in my job as a sports broadcaster, but they’re equally important in your line of work. So make sure you’re seen, known and missed in your space.

You can hear the entire 10-minute talk right here if you’d like.

 

VIDEO: Increase Your Influence – Have Conversations Before They Count

Posted on: October 10th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

“Why didn’t you ask me?”

“How come no one wanted my opinion?”

Have you ever found yourself asking those questions? Wondering why colleagues didn’t seek you out for ideas, feedback, advice, opinions or insights?

If so, then here’s the real question you need to answer: “What would lead them to believe you have ideas, feedback, advice, opinions or insights?”

Be willing to talk to colleagues before it counts. Build relationships using small talk because that’s how colleagues get to know who you are as a person and the type of insights you can provide. Don’t get upset when no one randomly walks up to your desk to ask for an opinion. (P.S. do you randomly walk up to people you don’t know well and ask for their opinion? I didn’t think so.)

Increase your influence and your contributions at work by initiating conversations before they count.

Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication not to mention a speaker, author and sports broadcaster. She knows that talent and skills aren’t enough to get you where you want to go in your career. You need good one-on-one communication skills, which is why she’s written the book on how to do that. Purchase The Influential Conversationalist on Amazon. 

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