The Influential Conversationalist

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

I know how to give people an out.

I ask questions for a living and I know how to ask a question in a way that provides a built-in excuse.

I do it to be courteous but few of the people I work with take the bait. That’s because most of the time I’m interviewing athletes and coaches. They’re not inclined to make excuses for why the odds are stacked against them. Wanna know why? Because it doesn’t matter.

The game has to be played. The matchup is what it is. A team can’t decide they’ll wait for another day when things look like they’ll be in their favor.

A team and it’s players has to take action. The best way to approach the situation is to look for the opportunity instead of the obstacles. As a result, they’ll go out of their way to find the silver lining and identify the one matchup that works in their favor. No team, no player will admit defeat before a game is played.

There’s a level of accountability that exists in sports that isn’t present in business. As a result, it’s easier to make excuses in business and in your career.

It’s easier to put off doing something because you don’t think the timing is right, or because the odds are stacked against you or because you’re just not feeling up to the challenge.

If you spend your time looking at how much harder it is for you to do something (like being a woman in business, or in sports) you are the one standing in your way. You’re not just looking for the out – you’re taking the out. Enough with the excuses.

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You control your career development path. You already have the talent and the skill, now it’s time to work on the messaging. Use your daily interactions to demonstrate leadership potential. Pick up a copy of The Influential Conversationalist for ways on how to do that.

Jen Mueller is The Influential Conversationalist, as well as, a veteran sports broadcaster. Jen is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team and the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. After nearly 20 years in professional sports locker rooms Jen has developed a unique approach to business communication. Hire her for your next event or training: