Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by Jen Mueller

If you’re one of those people who think small talk is a waste of time, then I’m willing to bet you don’t have a good plan (or any plan) in place for dealing with those interactions.

If you don’t spend time strategizing your small talk, you can’t expect it to be productive.

Every business conversation you have should fall into one, if not all, of these categories:

  • relationship building
  • information gathering/sharing
  • rapport developing
Knowing the purpose for your conversation allows you to develop an effective conversation strategy and makes small talk useful. Click To Tweet

Relationships don’t just happen. Business transactions don’t occur just because you swapped business cards. You don’t trust someone that you’ve never talked to. Small talk is the mechanism that starts bigger conversations. Sports topics provide the perfect entry point into those small talk situations.

Before you raise your hand to object, allow me to say this – sports works even if you’re not a sports fan, and even if you don’t know if the person you’re talking to watches sports. Why? Because asking the question, “What did you think of the game last night?” or “Are you planning to watch the game this weekend?” cuts to the chase better than an awkward game of 20-questions.

The answer to those questions, regardless of what the answer is, gets you closer to building a business relationship, gathering or sharing information and developing rapport. And that’s why small talk is an important part of business communication.

I’ve got plenty of resources that help make sports talk useful in business and a list of Sports Conversation Starters that gets published every Monday. It’s your cheat sheet to what sports fans are talking about and gives you a handful of topics that can be used in small talk at work. Sign up to become sports savvy by 7am every Monday.

Jen Mueller, veteran sports broadcaster and rock star key note presenter is the author of The Influential Conversationalist. She specializes in conversation strategies that develop leadership potential improve business communication. Hire Jen to speak at your next event 

Posted on: March 19th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Happy Monday!

As I mentioned last week, I’m switching things up for a couple weeks. Instead of providing lists of sports topics, I’m giving you ways to make the weekly sports conversation starters more useful for you.

There’s a reason for each topic and the specific information provided each week. Take a look at how I pull together your weekly cheat sheet and what it means for your conversations.

If you haven’t already purchased the How to Talk Sporty at Work guide, it’s available right here. 

Also, I’m curious to hear your thoughts… after a couple weeks of videos what do you think? More videos? Less? Would you like your weekly ConvoStarters delivered in a different format?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas:

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Happy Monday!

Welcome to a special edition of sports conversation starters. Usually, you’ll open this email to find a list of topics to use in small talk throughout the week.

For the next couple weeks I’m switching it up.

It’s one thing to know the topics making news (by the way, it’s the NCAA Tournament this week) and another to know how to build your sports knowledge base and use the info you gather to engage in conversations.

Here’s my advice, don’t worry about what you don’t know about sports, focus on using what you do know to your advantage – and watch the video 🙂

If you haven’t already purchased the How to Talk Sporty at Work guide, it’s available here.

So what do you think about the video? Do you prefer videos or the list of sports topics? I’d love to hear your thoughts:

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