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.