To be clear, I’m not asking for your impression of the Seahawks. I’m asking what impression you make on your colleagues – before you think they’ve noticed anything.
You can’t wait for a big moment to show colleagues what you can really do. They’ve already figured out what you’re capable of… or at least they think they’ve figured it out.
Consider how this works in a locker room, that’s where players make their first impression with coaches and teammates. The way they show up for work gives coaches and teammates insight into their work ethic, practice habits and overall demeanor long before they ever get on the field and get a chance to put up number or deliver results.
Here’s what Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said about wide receiver, Jaron Brown:
“From the first week he was with us he just seemed to have a handle on what it takes, and what’s important, and how you do the job and how you work. He’s never wavered. He’s just been that the whole time. His performance has followed.”
That’s an NFL head coach talking about a wide receiver, but it could just as easily be your manager talking to you. Or could it?
How do you show up?
How aware are you that colleagues (teammates) notice how you approach your job?
How much do your actions impact what THEY believe you’re capable of?
If your colleagues aren’t impressed by the impression you make, they’re not going to give you the chance to impress them with your productivity or results.
The way you show up in daily interactions gives colleagues a first impression. Show up consistently in small talk and in the way you talk to people. Becoming an Influential Conversationalist means you’re in position to show not just your consistency but leadership characteristics. If you don’t believe me – read the book. And keep reading here for more parallels between the Seahawks and business communication.
Jen Mueller is the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. Yes, she talks a lot of football, but she also hears a lot of business lessons buried in the weekly press conference and interviews. Throughout the season she’ll provide a few of those insights and demonstrate how sports conversations can improve business communication. Follow Talk Sporty to Me on Instagram for even more business communication strategies and ways to make sports talk useful in business settings.