Mentorship Moments: Winning Over a Hall of Famer

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 by Jen Mueller

Baseball fans call Ken Griffey Jr. “The Kid.” I call him a friend. But our relationship got off to a rocky start in Spring Training several years ago. He stonewalled me for several days, announcing each one of those days that he wasn’t going to talk to me.

Why? Because I had to earn his trust before he would agree to an interview, and that wasn’t going to happen in one conversation, one day or even one week.

Here’s the story of what happened and you don’t have to be a sports fan or even know who Ken Griffey Jr. is to apply the takeaway to the relationships you should be building at work.

Key Takeaway:

There is no one thing you can say to win someone over in a conversation. Stop agonizing over the exact right thing to say and start focusing on consistent efforts in building relationships.  

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Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication and veteran sports broadcaster. Her approach to business communication is based on nearly 20 years inside sports locker rooms. Jen is currently a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team and serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. She’s also published three books on business communication and sports fandom and she’s a rock star keynote presenter. Hire Jen for your next conference or training: