Give Yourself a Sporting Chance

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Avoid a “case of the Mondays” by looking at each conversation today, and the rest of the week, as an opportunity to initiate new business. It could come in the form of a new business relationship, stronger rapport with the people you already do business with or a chance to talk about a new idea that impacts your business.

Work is a grind. Monday is the epitome of the grind. It’s also the start of all the opportunities ahead of you this week.

Look at things a little differently and you’ll get different outcomes, especially when you use these sports small talk topics to spark conversation.

By the way, don’t limit your sports fandom to talking about stats and scores. There’s so much more to fandom and ways to make it work for you. Take a look:

If you’d like to get these Sports #ConvoStarters delivered right to your inbox, sign up for weekly #ConvoStarters and you’ll be in-the-know by 7am ever Monday.

Make Sports Useful in Business – and start with small talk

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 

How to Talk Sporty at Work – Forget About the Rules

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018 by Jen Mueller

If you want to become a sports fan, don’t start by trying to learn the rules. Not only is attempting the 101 approach (Football 101, Basebal 101, Basketball 101, etc…) tedious and frustrating – it’s not how fans talk about the game.

Fans talk about the topics, players and storylines making news. The talk about the headlines.

If you want to become a sports fan that’s where you should start. In fact I developed an entire approach around how to become a sports fan almost 10 years ago using sports headlines as the starting point. It’s why I provide Weekly Sports Conversation Starters. The video explains how to use that weekly cheat sheet to build your sports knowledge base and become a sports fan.

As I mentioned in the video, I am a former high school football official. It’s not a bad thing to learn the rules, it’s just not advantageous to get into the weeds trying to memorize a rulebook (unless you’re studying to become an official.) Make it easy on yourself. Sign up for the weekly sports #ConvoStarters and purchase the How to Talk Sporty guide and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a sports fan and talking sporty at work.

Jen Mueller is a rock star keynote presenter who provides an outside-the-box approach to business communication. Whether you need to know how to talk sports, or want to be more effective in your day-to-day interactions Jen’s got you covered. She talks for a living you know, as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and as a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team. Contact Jen via email:

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