Did you know the Eiffel Tower was a test? The structure was only meant to remain in place for 20 years and yet 130 years later it’s still there. That sounds like a successful experiment to me! Especially considering that no one in Paris liked the structure when it was initially erected. Now it’s affectionately called the “Iron Lady” and is forever associated as a Paris landmark.
What does this have to do with you?
Well two things –
- I’m back from vacation which is where I learned that fun little tidbit.
- Sometimes experiments and tests go better than expected even if you’re met with resistance at the outset.
That’s the real takeaway for you this week as you consider when and with whom to use these sports conversation starters with. Even if you don’t think you’ll like it. Even if you don’t think your colleagues want to talk sports with you. It’s amazing how things change over time. So give it a chance and use these sports convo starters this week.
He’s joining me the day before Seahawks training camp opens and you don’t want to miss this conversation that includes his take on mentorship, ways you can mentor others without being asked, 3 ways to support other leaders in an organization and the keys to running an effective meeting.
It’s rare that I take more than a day away from my computer – but it’s happening.
I bet I’m not the only one taking a little break from the daily grind during the summer. You don’t have to be tied to your computer or cell phone to talk sports. That’s why this week’s sports #ConvoStarters look a little different.
It’s a broad brush of topics to give you a big picture look at sports this month.
Take a look and keep the conversations high level if you don’t think you’ve got enough info to deep dive.
July isn’t exactly known as a big sports month. For the most part baseball gets top billing this month while football fans count the days until their sport returns.
It doesn’t mean there’s a void in the sports world however. Between World Cup soccer, the Tour de France, tennis and golf there’s plenty going on. If you think outside the “Big 4.”
I’ve talked to many people over the years who tell me they’re not sports fans, and then comment about how much they love soccer, cycling or the Olympics. Um. Those are sports. Which makes them sports fans. There’s no criteria for being a sports fan. Taking an interest in a sport, player or outcome can constitute fandom.
So if you’re missing out on football, basketball and hockey highlights this month expand your horizons. If you don’t give a hoot about those sports anyway this could be the perfect month for you to follow other sports.
You can start with these topics making headlines this week.