Posted on: October 1st, 2010 by Jen Mueller

We’ve all been there. It’s that moment when you turn and look at the stranger sitting next to you on the plane and think “I should say something, but what? And how long do I need to talk to this person?” Certainly there’s something to be said for just smiling pleasantly, putting on a pair of headsets and zoning out on a flight. But there’s also something to be said for meeting really interesting people. It’s happened to me a number of times, most recently today.

The gentleman sitting next to me on a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles noticed that I was reading about the St. Louis Rams. He asked if I was a Rams fan, and I explained that I work for the Seahawks and was doing some prep work for Sunday’s game. We talked football, business and the challenges he encountered in his job getting trademarks in foreign countries. I learned quite a bit during our conversation. He offered several ideas on how to grow Talk Sporty to Me and was quite helpful. After we had talked for while he asked what I considered a sporty conversation starter. I just laughed and said “This entire conversation started because you asked if I was a Rams fan.”

It’s as easy as that. I don’t blame you if you don’t want to talk to the person next to you on a flight. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re feeling adventurous give it a try – or if you’re sitting next to the window and think you might have to get up at any point during the flight. Disturbing the people in your row is a little easier if you’ve already had some pleasant conversation. It’s just a thought from the expert talker.