Welcome to another week of opportunities to talk sports at work – or wherever you are, which is what I’m doing this week. I’m on a short self-imposed ban from the computer to make sure I’m geared up for the start of baseball season next week.
This week’s list goes to show that you don’t have to be following sports headlines every single hour of every single day to know the general topics making news among fans.
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I know, it would seem like it’s right up my alley considering I’m a woman, a sports broadcaster and I started a company called Talk Sporty to Me – but there’s no such thing as sports talk for women.
Sports is sports.
If you want to argue there should be customized approaches to sports argue it based on your level of fandom or the way that you want to connect using sports. Don’t do it based on gender. It’s offensive. Ladies if you’re the ones thinking you need a special approach – you’re not giving yourself enough credit and you’re likely putting yourself at a disadvantage. Men are not smarter than you. Some men might be bigger sports fans and some men might care less about sports than you do. That way of thinking just makes your bias (against yourself) look big.
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Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, serves as the Seahawks sideline radio reporter and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast. She founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and strongly advocates using sports conversations as a business tool. Hire Jen for an engaging, outside-the-box business communication presentations: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com
“I hope you have to take an extra CrossFit class!” I said in mock anger and frustration to my video editor Marcus.
He and I placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the SMU/USC game Friday. I felt pretty confident that the vending machine snack on the line would be mine. After all my SMU Mustangs were riding a 16-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament.
Then they lost. To make matters worse, I talked a little trash before the game. (Something a rarely ever do and was reminded why after the game.)
I didn’t like the fact that SMU lost the game (and that they didn’t execute well in the final 45 seconds when they needed a shot) but I did like the conversations that happened as a result. Colleagues stopped by my desk to offer condolences. Marcus came by to gloat and collect on the bet.
The point is – they were coming to talk to me. That’s how you develop and maintain relationships with colleagues and clients. You have conversations, you encourage them to talk to you. Sports gives you that opportunity. So make it a point to talk this week whether it’s about the NCAA Tournament or these topics making news:
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