Do me a favor this week and pick someone you’d never think followed sports and use one of these conversation starters in small talk.
Before you object – think about who you consider to be a sports fan.
- Is it just the guys in the office?
- Is it only the people who look athletic themselves?
- Is it the folks who talk NFL nonstop?
Sports fans come in all different forms. The guy next to me at the bar in Chicago Saturday night couldn’t believe I was watching the Final Four. I couldn’t believe he got fired from a job for not knowing anything about sports.
Your biases show up in small talk.
The first step to improving communication across the board at work is to recognize your biases in conversations and course correcting.
With that in mind, here are sports topics to use in small talk with anyone and everyone this week.