Last week, we noted the value and importance of making a conversation plan before attending a business meeting or function, especially if wine was being served. Thinking through those details give you a leg up on the competition and give you one more way to show your competence and confidence.
My own confidence boost came last weekend in Pittsburgh. I traveled with the Seahawks for the game against the Steelers. It’s a tradition for the broadcast crew to have dinner together on the road, and each of us enjoy wine. Friday night we enjoyed a couple glasses with dinner. The first was a Borolo from Italy. It was tannin heavy, smooth and dry.
I was asked to choose the second bottle of wine for the table. I glanced over the extensive wine list, asked if the guys minded going with a Cab and started running down my choices. I recognized very few vintners because most were from California. I settled on a Cab-Shiraz blend in an acceptable price range and hoped for the best.
The choice went over well at the table. Everyone enjoyed the wine, which turned out to be a big, juicy cab with an earthy nose and a pleasant wine to drink with our dessert. I might have sweated the selection just a bit, but hearing the guys compliment my choice gave me a good boost of confidence. And it showed my colleagues I wasn’t afraid to make a decision. It’s another situation for me to show my confidence and competence.
It might seem like a small thing, and choosing a wine has nothing to do with my ability to give effective reports from the sideline, but the truth of the matter is that all of us are judged in all different situations. When you are vying for someone’s business or working to gain someone’s trust, all of the “little things” matter.
So don’t shy away from making a wine selection for the table, or preparing a conversation topic. Stand out and be noticed and earn a confidence boost for yourself.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the Founder and CEO of Talk Sporty to Me. Jen is committed to helping you boost your interpersonal skills, engage in more effective communication and reap the rewards of productive conversations. She’s available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com