Conversations count – if you allow them to. Asking “How are you?” without any intent of listening to the answer isn’t a conversation worth having.
For that matter, using these weekly sports conversations but not paying attention to how colleagues respond isn’t a good use of time either. Making conversations count toward building a relationship requires engagement from both people, a genuine interest in building that relationship and the ability to get over yourself if you don’t particularly care about the topic being discussed.
Small talk isn’t all about you. It’s about developing rapport, trust and the type of relationships that make it easier to get work done.
With that in mind, here are a few sports topics to use in small talk this week.