In fact, when you talk sports at work, it’s often less about sports and more about making a connection.
Asking about a game you know your colleague watched or had a rooting interest in shows that you cared enough to remember. It also shows you cared enough to give your colleague a chance to talk about it. Those little conversations build rapport and the type of relationship you need to get “real” work done. Use those small moments to your advantage and use the next 55 seconds to brush up on these topics.
Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication. Her approach to one-on-one conversations has been honed throughout nearly 20 years as a sports broadcaster. She currently serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. Interested hiring Jen for your next company-wide training or conference? Send an email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com.
Politics and Election Day will make headlines all week long, but it doesn’t mean it makes the best small talk at work. In fact, politics is rarely the subject you should turn to for small talk (even if you think you’re on the same page with the people you work with.)
The opportunity to screw up that conversation and ruin a relationship just isn’t worth it.
Sports small talk gives you something to talk about and keeps you away from seriously divisive subjects. Sure, fans have opinions about their favorite teams that might not align with yours but it’s nowhere close to being on opposite sides of a political conversation.
So with that in mind, I beg you, try sports. I make it easy for you by providing weekly sports #ConvoStarters. It’s your cheat sheet to sports topics making news and a way to make small talk easier.
You can get these #ConvoStarters every Sunday night by following Talk Sporty to Me on Instagram.
Participating in a sports conversation doesn’t mean you have to drive the exchange. You can take part in sports small talk lots of different ways. For example, all you need is one nugget to throw into the mix of a conversation that’s already taking place. That’s why each week I try to give you those one or two things for each topic included in the sports ConvoStarters.
This week listen for the number of World Series the Red Sox have won since 2004 or why the Cleveland Cavaliers fired their coach 6 games into the season and the big news in the college football polls.
You don’t need to be a know-it-all (and no one really likes a know-it-all to begin with.)
Start with this 60 second video and the confidence in being able to say one factual/interesting thing in a sports conversation this week.