You need more than data points to convince colleagues you’re a person they want to work with.
Your resume means diddly squat if you’re perceived as a jerk, a pain in the ass, difficult to work with, or any number of other things that are less politically correct.
I know you’re not a jerk, but you’re going to have to give your colleagues a little more than your word. You’re going to have to give them your attention. Talk to them – and actually listen. Small talk matters and this sports topics can make it easier this week.
Fresh off a huge weekend of sports and Mother’s Day here’s something to consider, if mom encouraged you to treat others the way you wanted to be treated then you should be talking sports to sports fans regardless of your interest or level of fandom.
After all, you want people to ask about your stamp collection, rock-climbing hobby, basket-weaving class, storm chasing vacation and wine consumption. Okay, maybe not the wine consumption depending on the day, but you get the idea.
You want to be asked about things you’re interested in. Sports fans want the same thing.
Asking about something you’re not interested in doesn’t make you inauthentic, it makes you mindful of treating others the way you’d want to be treated.
With that in mind, see how many of these sports topics you can work into small talk this week.
A CEO recently told me she could identify up-and-coming leaders by their initiative.
Someone who takes initiative demonstrates drive and a willingness to improve their skillset and relationships.
It can start with the conversations you have this week.
Starting a conversation is taking initiative. Being proactive in developing business relationships is initiative.
Use these sports conversation starters to your advantage and demonstrate you have the initiative to be seen as a leader.