Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Jen Mueller


I’ve covered plenty of “ugly” or “lucky” wins during my 16-year sports broadcasting career. Every time I go into a locker room or clubhouse after every single one of those games the guys will say, “A win is a win.” It doesn’t matter what the score is, as long as they got the win.

Are they disappointed they didn’t score more points or perform at a higher level? Perhaps. But they also know how to measure success. A win is a win. You don’t get bonus points for style on a pass/fail test.

In business I see way too many people aiming for style points on pass/fail occasions. You have to know how to balance time and resources against outcome you’re trying to achieve.


Here’s what I mean, I write a lot of scripts and produce a lot of content in my role as a sports producer and reporter. Sometimes the goal is just getting a story on the air, which means cranking out a story in 20 minutes. Other times, I’m working on long-range projects that require more detail and get more production value and more airtime. I can’t spend the same amount of time and resources on every single story. I’ll blow through my resources (i.e. overwork or frustrate the people around me.)

To be a good leader, you need to understand when an assignment requires more resources and when it’s a matter of just getting the job done. (By the way, you don’t have to be in a leadership role to apply this thinking.)

This is one way to take a lesson from your favorite team and put sports to work for you. Want more ways to make sports useful business? Make sure you leave your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This!” or check out the FREE resources section at 

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast. She founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and advocates using sports as a business tool. 

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to another week and another version of Sports #ConvoStarters for your workweek.

This is a straightforward way to build your sports knowledge base, keep track of what sports fans across the country are talking about and get just enough information to engage with sports-loving colleagues.

Don’t write off sports as a waste of time. It’s a chance to connect, establish rapport and build relationships. Relationships that ultimately make your time at work more productive and your time around colleagues more enjoyable. Smart small, think big. That’s what you can do with these topics this week:


Don’t forget to join me Friday for the Blue Friday Breakdown ahead of the Seahawks game in Arizona. I’ll be hosting my weekly call at 1:15pm PST. Join me for live call and ask all the questions you want about the Seahawks.


Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Jen Mueller
It seems that national conversations this week have conjured up a gross mischaracterization of what life in a locker-room is like. I should know, I’ve spent my entire career in them.

Even before this week, one of the questions I get asked most often is, “What’s it like being a locker room?” I think my answer disappoints most fans who imagine it to be far more glamorous or interesting than I describe.

I will say, the time I spend in the locker room is arguably more important than the time I spend on the sidelines, because it’s where relationships are developed. It’s important in my line of work and yours.


Speaking of building business relationships… have you checked out the free how-to template at It’s one of the many free resources offered on the website. And don’t forget to leave your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This!” to become sports savvy by 7am every Monday.

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