Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Stories drive interactions.

You’ve noticed this in the conversations that you have with colleagues and probably when you think about the speakers or presenters you enjoy listening to.  Having a good story and storyline generates interest.

That’s why sports makes a great go-to topic during the course of the week.  If you’re looking to engage a fellow colleague or trying to get face-time with the boss.  Try striking up a conversation using one of the following sports topics.

You’ll notice that outside of the note on Miguel Cabrera the stories aren’t about the numbers, but the drama behind the game.  Use that to your advantage this week. You don’t have to become a sports know-it-all to have a sports conversation.  The purpose of your small talk conversations should be to establish connections, build rapport and create followup opportunities.  That’s the way business gets done.

Making News:

  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Miguel Cabrera
  • Ryan Braun
  • Golden Tate

Why:

  • Alex Rodriguez is his own circus in New York these days.  The Yankees slugger is regularly booed especially in Boston over the weekend.  He is one of baseball’s biggest villains off the field, but on the field he hasn’t let it affect his performance. (Some would argue there’s a reason his performance seems to be enhanced.)  Yankees management is now keeping Rodriguez at arms length because it feels like a “litigious environment.”  Rodriguez is currently appealing a lengthy suspension for alleged use of PED’s.
  • Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is serving a suspension for his use of PED’s (performance enhancing drugs.)  Now there are reports that Braun will acknowledge using PED’s during his MVP year in 2011. Braun not only denied using during that season, but appealed a positive drug test and won.
  • Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run of the season on Sunday and is gaining ground on home run leader Chris Davis.  Cabrera has already driven in 120 runs and is currently hitting .360.  In short, he’s incredible.  Cabrera is also the favorite to win the AL MVP and he could win a second straight Triple Crown and become the first player in history to win back-to-back Triple Crown titles. (The Triple Crown is batting average, RBI and home runs.)
  • Golden Tate and the Seahawks travel to Green Bay this week for a prime time matchup against the Packers.  It’s only Week 3 of the preseason so this won’t count in the overall record, but it still feels like there’s a lot on the line after the way the game between the Seahawks and Packers ended last year.  Golden Tate caught a touchdown pass with no time remaining in the game securing a Seahawks win.  Of course most of the country calls it the “Fail Mary” because they believe the call was wrong. I am the Seahawks sideline reporter and I say “Touchdown Seahawks.”

 

Game TimeJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.