I hope you’re not tired of talking about brackets, because whether your brackets are still intact or busted, they’re still a topic of interest this week.
The NCAA tournament gives sports fans plenty to talk about but so does Opening Day around MLB, a big-name retiring in the NFL and storylines to watch down the stretch of the NHL and NBA seasons.
See how many of these topics you can fit into conversations this week.
Conversations count – if you allow them to. Asking “How are you?” without any intent of listening to the answer isn’t a conversation worth having.
For that matter, using these weekly sports conversations but not paying attention to how colleagues respond isn’t a good use of time either. Making conversations count toward building a relationship requires engagement from both people, a genuine interest in building that relationship and the ability to get over yourself if you don’t particularly care about the topic being discussed.
Small talk isn’t all about you. It’s about developing rapport, trust and the type of relationships that make it easier to get work done.
With that in mind, here are a few sports topics to use in small talk this week.
If you’ve noticed the same names popping up week after week in these conversation starters -congratulations! You’re following the trend and my intentions.
The reason I pick topics that come around again and again is because it helps you gain familiarity with topics, teams and people in the news.
So if you’ve been watching over the last few weeks, again, congrats – there’s a definite payoff in the baseball news that made headlines in recent days.