Posted on: February 12th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

It’s a brand-new workweek, brimming with possibilities to move ahead in your career and improve your rock-star status with your coworkers.  There are many different ways to accomplish both, but I would encourage you to start with a little sports chit-chat and here’s why.  Your coworkers can already see that you work hard, and they appreciate the skill you bring the job, but how well do they know you?  Your ability to connect with your coworkers increases your likeability and visibility at work.  Add that to your hard working nature and overall talent and you become a rock-star.   Participating in the sports conversations that regularly take place at work increases your appeal and gives you an opportunity to build rapport.

If you’re new to this blog, here’s how it works.  I provide a handful of hot sports topics for the week, give you a brief summary and offer questions you can ask to get the ball rolling.  If you’d like more information simply click on the link to read the whole story.

Before we get started let me offer a word of encouragement, don’t get caught up in what you don’t know.  You don’t have to know-it-all, the goal is to be part of the conversation not drive the conversation.

 

NFL – For the first time since August, there are no football games to talk about.  That, in and of itself is a talking point.  How are the football fans in your office responding?  What else did they do this weekend?

Talk Sporty to MeNBA – Who is Jeremy Lin?  He’s a guard for the New York Knicks and one of the hottest young players in the league right now and he came out of nowhere.  He started the first game of his career February 4th and has averaged over 26 points a game since then.  It’s particularly impressive because he wasn’t drafted by the NBA after finishing his college career at Harvard.  How long can he continue this run?  Do you think his success is due in part to that fact that few teams have seen him in action?

NCAA Basketball – We’re about a month away from March Madness which means conference races are heating up and each college basketball game becomes more important.  Kentucky and Syracuse are ranked #1 and #2 respectively in the polls.  Syracuse plays a big game Monday night against Louisville.  Which teams are you eyeing down the stretch?  Which conference do you think will get the most NCAA tournament teams?

MLB – Spring Training is officially underway.  The Seattle Mariners were the first team to report, almost a week earlier than other teams due to their scheduled trip to Japan to open the season in late March.  The regular season opener is more than a month away for most teams, but that won’t keep fans and the media from talking about which teams they expect to see in the playoffs this year.  Among the favorites – LA Angels after signing Albert Pujols, the Detroit Tigers after signing Prince Fielder, and the NY Yankees after bolstering their pitching rotation.  Which teams do you think belong in the conversation?  How does your team look heading into Spring Training?

 


Talk Sporty to Me, CEO, Workplace Conversation StartersJen 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 the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to use sports conversations to their advantage 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.  Contact
jen@talksportytome.com for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com