Each week I offer a note of encouragement when it comes to participate in sports conversations at work. The note usually states that it’s a good way to build rapport and strengthen relationships with colleagues that will ultimately help you get more done.
This week, I’d like to offer an additional view. Sports helps us heal. Last week we saw the tragic events play out in Boston and we saw the sports world offering support. For most people sports is an escape and a chance to get away from the ‘real world’ for a while. This week pay attention to the sports stories your colleagues are talking about, it could be their way of moving beyond a difficult week.
In the news this week:
- Darrelle Revis
- NFL Draft
- David Lee
- Kevin Durant
- Phil Jackson
Why they’re in the news:
- The NY Jets finally completed a trade that sent Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay. Revis was arguably the best player on the Jets roster. They get the 13th overall pick in this week’s draft.
- The NFL Draft starts Thursday night and Kansas City holds the #1 overall pick. Unlike in many years, there’s no consensus as to who will be the top pick, and there’s no good feel for who will be the first quarterback taken in the draft.
- The NBA Playoffs are underway, but David Lee won’t be playing in them. The Golden State forward tore his hip flexor over the weekend and won’t be able to return to the court this season. He led the league in double-doubles this season.
- Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder looked strong in their first game of the NBA playoffs. It’s already got some fans thinking about a Finals rematch between the Thunder and the defending champion Miami Heat.
- Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson is back in the news. The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly reached out to Jackson to be their next head coach. It seems like an unlikely fit at this point.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work. Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join in, sound intelligent, and understand how to leverage sports conversation in business. Her conversation strategy comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster. Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.