Usually we here at Talk Sporty to Me, start the week with a list of sports conversation starters you can use around your co-workers. This week we’re taking a different approach and offering suggestions on how to use sports topics and conversations around your family.
Let’s be honest, as much as we love family time at the holidays it can get stressful particularly when Uncle Mark starts talking politics or when your cousin Michael gets on his soapbox about the economy. Those are awkward conversations and ones that could lead to hurt feelings. And nothing takes the joy out of Christmas like a bunch of arguing relatives.
So here’s how sports can help.
- First of all it’s a safe subject. You might have passionate fans in the room, but sports is just sports. It’s not like debating the fiscal cliff and how it impacts everyone in the room.
- Secondly, sports topics provide a launching point for other conversation topics. For example, if you happened to watch the Seahawks beat the 49ers Sunday night on national TV, you would have seen it pouring rain the entire game. You could use that to chat about your experiences in Seattle or vacations you’ve taken, or places you’d like to go. Just because a conversation starts with sports doesn’t mean it has to revolve around sports.
- Third, sports conversations keep you from taking a shot in the dark when starting a conversation. Haven’t seen Greg and Kim in a while but know they’re from Denver? Start with asking about the Denver Broncos. You’ll figure out quickly if they’re Broncos fans or sports fans at all. If so, then keep going with sports and if not, then ask about what they’ve been doing all fall to stay busy.
- If you do need to broach a sensitive subject with a family member then sports conversations can help too. Don’t feel like someone is being a “team player” in the family? There’s any number of examples from NFL games this week that might help you start that conversation, allow you to call out a professional athlete and drive home the point that you don’t appreciate that behavior.
When it comes to big sporting events this week:
- Christmas Day is always a big day for the NBA. They’ve got a full slate of games that will keep you talking.
- The college football bowl season continues this week with lots of games to watch Thursday-Saturday.
- It’s the final week of the NFL’s regular season with a couple playoff spots still to be decided.
- The NHL is expected to resume talks right after Christmas to see if they can save part of the season.
- And college basketball conference play is just around the corner.
If you would like more ideas or help on making sports conversations work for you. Make sure you check out the free resources on the website or send me an email: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com with your questions.