When it comes to sports conversations at work, most people think of the way sports metaphors are used at work. That’s one example, but there are so many more ways to use sports in conversations. Especially when it comes to relationship building.
Sports seasons are on going and consistent. Take the baseball season for example, each team plays 162 games during the regular season and for the most part teams play every night. That means that you have a new reason to strike up a conversation with a baseball-loving colleague regarding every one of those 162 games. (For the record, doing that 162 times is probably overkill, but you get the idea.) Baseball is relevant for 8 months a year. Using baseball in conversations helps you stay relevant and stay on the radar at work.
Keep reading for the most relevant names in sports this week.
Names in the news:
- Miami Heat
- Indiana Pacers
- Mike Richards
- Bryce Harper
- Tiger Woods
- Tommy Haas
Why they’re in the news:
- It’s Game 7 between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers Monday night. The winner will play San Antonio in the NBA Finals. Many fans assumed this series would be an easy win for the Heat, who won the championship last season. Remember it was Miami that won 27 straight games during the season at one point.
- In the Stanley Cup playoffs (Western Conference Finals) the Los Angeles Kings are hoping Mike Richards returns for Game 3 against Chicago. The Kings lead the series 2-0, but struggled to score without Richards who leads the team in playoff points. He was scratched from Game 2 with an upper body injury.
- In MLB, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury, but says the move should have been made nearly a month ago. He said he wanted to play through it and be there for the team, but now questions that decision.
- The U.S. Open starts next Thursday and Tiger Woods is the early favorite to win, despite the fact that he’s coming off a poor tournament showing over the weekend.
- At the French Open Tommy Haas became the oldest man to reach the quarterfinals at any of the tennis majors since 1971. Haas is 35 years old and playing in his 12th French Open tournament. He is a first-time quarterfinalist at the tournament, which is also a record.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world. Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business. The book is available through Amazon.com