I was talking with a friend of mine the other day who said she didn’t know enough about sports to have a conversation about sports.
Ridiculous I told her.
I happen to know for a fact that she’s surrounded by sports nuts all the time. That means she’s probably ‘participated’ in more sports conversations than she realizes, and she knows more than she gives herself credit for. So what’s with the insecurity?
You see, I’ve come to realize in my 10 plus years in the sports business, my lifetime of fandom, and my journey as an expert talker, that talking about sports is more of a confidence issue than a lack of knowledge. No one knows everything about sports – it’s a wide, wide world after all. So let’s work on boosting your confidence. Start with easy questions like – ‘What did you think about the game last night?’ That’s a pretty safe question right now since baseball is almost a nightly event. Still not so sure? Ask someone you know. That will help with the fear factor. Just don’t zone out when they start talking. Do your best to follow along and make a few mental notes. Do that every day and you’ll have quite a store of baseball knowledge in just a couple weeks.
And if you need a little extra boost – the real “know-it-all’s” aren’t much fun to talk to anyway. Don’t worry about what you don’t know, make it a point to expand what you do know.