The sports headlines keep coming, which is good news if you’re looking for something new to talk about with your colleagues.
Even better news – I’ve already got a cheat sheet ready for you.
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I was taking to Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano recently about the importance of developing relationships with his teammates. Cano noted you’re not always going to like your colleagues, but you still need to trust them if you want to get the best results.
Trust gets developed in lots of little ways at work, including through small talk. Those conversations help build relationships and rapport. Don’t get stuck searching for small talk topics this week, use these sports topics:
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Take it from an Expert Talker, you’re not going to get every conversation right. You’re going to mess up. You’re going to ask a question that didn’t come out right or make a statement that could be taken the wrong way. It doesn’t lessen your status as an Influential Conversationalist, it makes you human.
You can lessen the impact of those moments by having relationships where people assume the best instead of the worst.
Take time to build relationships and you’ll worry less about someone trying to find a reason to be mad at you or taking offense to a conversation mistake.
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