The critiques usually roll off my back. I hear more than my share as a sports broadcaster and public figure, but an email I received calling me a loser struck me as one that I needed to respond to. Unfortunately the person responsible for sending the email didn’t leave contact information. So I posted a video in response, hoping to reach my anonymous emailer.
I haven’t found that person, but I have received a lot of feedback on the video. I’ve heard from a parent who showed it to a teenage daughter who’s is trying to cope with a bully at school. I’ve heard from a person who took my advice about creating your own title and is working toward a new career goal. I’ve heard from a few women who used it as a confidence boost.
I’m blown away by the stories people have told me as a result of the video and I’m thrilled that something initially intended as criticism and name-calling has actually done some good. If you missed the video here it is.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast and the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. She founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and advocates using sports as a business tool. Give her a follow on Twitter @TalkSportytoMe and make sure to leave your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This!” and become sports savvy by 7am every Monday morning.
What happens now that the Olympics are over?
After all it’s a topic that generated a lot of conversation over the last few weeks. Now what do you talk about? I hope it’s still sports. There are plenty of newsworthy headlines and topics. More importantly sports gives you a way to connect with colleagues and coworkers that develops rapport and builds relationships.
If you’re searching for talking points or tidbits to add to the conversation, look no further than the topics listed here. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s a good cheat sheet for your work week.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is a member of the Seattle Mariners broadcast team and the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. She founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and advocates using sports as a business tool. If you’d like these topics delivered straight to your inbox every Monday by 7am just leave your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This!”
If you’re an Olympic athlete the answer could be a fraction of a second or a sliver of an inch.
As small as those measurements are, they’re also an important measure of success.
That’s an obvious statement if it results in an Olympic gold medal or a world record.
Even without the hardware, athletes recognize when they’ve accomplished a goal because they know what they’re looking for.
Everything is measured. Stats, times, scores and distance allow athletes to measure their success by knowing where they started and measuring what they accomplished.
What about you?
What’s worth celebrating in your career?
What’s the thing that feels too small to even include on your performance review, but actually shows growth and development?
Here’s the bigger question: What happens if you don’t know?
Then no one else will either. I guarantee you’re not giving yourself enough credit for what you’ve accomplished and that could keep you from being considered for additional responsibilities and leadership roles.
Don’t wait until the next performance review to start measuring your success. Start tracking a goal today, using specific metrics and a timeline. Be reminded of the importance of knowing what to celebrate every time you watch a game, highlight or sporting event.
This is one example of the connection between sports and leadership, and one of the ways sports conversations can be useful at work. Don’t stop here.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast. She founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 to make sports conversations useful in business. Jen is a proponent of using sports as a business tool.