Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Slight change in the format this morning because I’m running out to meetings all day.

You can bet that I’ll use the Seahawks overtime win against Houston as a conversation starter around Seattle this morning because that’s what football fans are talking about.  If the folks in your circle aren’t talking Seahawks perhaps they’re talking about one of these 6 topics making sports headlines.

You don’t have to know much about any of these topics just use your conversation skills and curiosity to engage for 90 seconds to 2 minutes.  That’s all the time it takes to build rapport and set the tone for your interactions.

Making News:

  • Peyton Manning (he throws 4 more touchdowns in win against Philadelphia)
  • Lane Kiffin (fired as head football coach of USC)
  • Georgia Bulldogs (moved up to #6 in college football polls after beating LSU)
  • Henderson Alverez (threw crazy no-hitter for Miami Marlins Sunday)
  • Baseball playoffs (start with wild-card tiebreaker Monday)
  • NHL Season Openers (regular season opens Tuesday)

Jen 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.