Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

What’s your conversation strategy this week?

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 7.59.45 AMWho are you trying to meet?

Don’t just save the strategy sessions for the ‘big’ meetings or the ‘important’ clients. It’s small talk that allows you to get a foot in the door.  And if you want to get off on the right foot, use sports to start that conversation.  More than half of all Americans are sports fans, so it’s not a stretch to think that you’re working with a lot of people who like sports.

Keep your overall business goal in mind, but try using one of these topics to get the ball rolling.

 

Making News:

  • Aldon Smith
  • Stephen Curry
  • Boston Bruins
  • Bubba Watson
  • Jordan Spieth

Why They’re Making News:

  • In the NFL, San Francisco’s Aldon Smith was taken into police custody Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport.  He was charged for a false report of a bomb threat and released on bail.  This is the latest incident for Smith who was arrested last September on suspicion of DUI and checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for 5 weeks during the season.
  • In the NBA, Golden State guard Stephen Curry made history Sunday.   Curry became the first player in NBA history to make at least 250 3-pointers in consecutive seasons.  Curry also owns the record for most 3-pointers made through the first five years of a career and is on pace to become the most prolific 3-point shooter ever in the NBA.
  • In the NHL, the Boston Bruins clinched the Presidents Trophy and home ice for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which start this week.  The Presidents Trophy is awarded to the team with the highest point total in the league.  The Bruins are the team to beat in the playoffs but have a tough first round matchup against the Detroit Red Wings.
  • Bubba Watson won The Masters Sunday, earning his second green jacket in three years. He is the 17th golfer in history to win the tournament multiple times.  Watson outlasted 20-year old Jordan Spieth on the final 9 holes to seal the deal.  Spieth is the youngest Master’s runner-up in the history of the tournament.

 

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.