I’ve spent more than 13 years as a sports broadcaster. During that time, I’ve noticed that it takes an average of five interactions with a player to establish the kind of relationship needed to become a “go-to” interview. My job is to conduct post game interviews and it’s important that players are willing to talk to me.
It’s no different in your workplace. On average, I bet it takes about five interactions to lead to productive business relationships. Relationships that help you get more done with less stress.
If you’re looking for ways to interact with colleagues this week, try the following sports topics. The conversation doesn’t need to last long, it just needs to further the relationship.
Names in the news:
- LeBron James
- Indiana Pacers
- Denny Hamlin
- Sidney Crosby
Why they’re in the news:
- LeBron James earned his fourth NBA Most Valuable Player Award. All but one voter agreed that he was the MVP. That means the NBA still hasn’t had a unanimous MVP.
- The NBA playoffs move into the conference semifinal round. The Indiana Pacers took Game 1 of their series against New York, causing some basketball experts to rethink the favorite in the series. Miami and Chicago play in the other Eastern Conference series. In the Western Conference it’s Oklahoma City against Memphis and San Antonio against Golden State.
- Orb won the Kentucky Derby Saturday. The horse has now won 5 straight races and will be entered in The Preakness in two weeks, which is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
- NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin returned to the racetrack Saturday at Talladega. Hamlin missed four races after suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his back. He stayed in the car for just 23 laps before switching drivers. He called it a good first week of a comeback.
- Sidney Crosby returned to the ice Friday night. He missed more than a month with a broken jaw. He returns in time to help the Pittsburgh Penguins in their playoff series against New York. Elsewhere in playoff hockey, Ottawa and Montreal racked up 236 penalty minutes Sunday night.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand how to leverage sports conversations at work. She is a 13-year sports broadcasting veteran and currently works as a reporter for the regional sports network ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle and on the Seattle Seahawks radio broadcast as their sideline reporter. She founded her company Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and is available for keynotes, presentations and workshops. Contact her at: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com