Do you worry about ‘faking’ your way through a conversation that you don’t know anything about or don’t care about? Does it feel that way when you’re talking sports?
I would remind you it’s all about your intent and desired outcome. Sports conversations should be used as a way to connect with others. You don’t have to be a passionate fan but it if others around you are, it’s a smart (an easy) entry point into a conversation. You’re not expected to be the expert just give a fan a chance to connect and talk. Those relationships will ultimately make it easier to do your job.
- Yasiel Puig
- The Masters
- New Jersey Devils
- Indiana Pacers
Why They’re Making News:
- In college basketball, UConn or the University of Connecticut, beat top ranked Florida to reach the NCAA Championship game. UConn will face the University of Kentucky after the Wildcats knocked off No. 2 seed Wisconsin. UConn is led by guard Shabazz Napier, and Kentucky is led by twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison.
- In baseball, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has already been benched and drawn the ire of his manager and the regular season is just a week old. This week he’s expected to undergo an MRI on his left thumb, an injury he sustained while inadvisably sliding headfirst into first base.
- The Masters, golf’s first major of the year starts on Thursday. Tiger Woods announced last week he wouldn’t be able to play due to injury. There are several storylines to follow including the performance of 23 first-timers trying to become the first Masters rookie to win in 35 years.
- The NHL is heading into the final week of regular season games and several playoff spots will be determined this week. The New Jersey Devils play Monday and a win would put them in serious contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
- The NBA season is winding down and the Indiana Pacers seem to be spiraling out of control. Midway through the season the Pacers appeared to be cruising to a top seed in the East, but they’ve looked lethargic during this latest stretch of games and are in danger of losing their top seed and home court advantage to the Miami Heat.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business.. Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business. The book is available through Amazon.