Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Jen Mueller

Happy Monday!

Time to get after it this week. Instead of working yourself silly, over-scheduling your days and keeping your nose to the grindstone, try this: Schedule time to be interrupted.


Because it encourages colleagues (and clients) to talk to you, about topics other than work. It’s how relationships are built and how trust is established. Don’t get so caught up in work that you forget about the actual people you’re working with.

Your small talk could (and in my opinion, should) start with sports. Try these topics this week.

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Veteran sports broadcaster and sideline reporter Jen Mueller, founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and makes sports talk useful in business. Her third book The Influential Conversationalist is now available on Amazon. 

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by Jen Mueller

Today is the day! It’s finally here.

The new book from Jen has just appeared.


Conversation skills build leadership

Which is why you should join The Influential Conversationalist readership.


Even if dialogue for you doesn’t come easy.

The book provides strategies that won’t make you queasy.


Jen outlines steps that help you to know

Just exactly how to talk like a pro.


Boring it’s not.

Especially with tips in the “Sports Watch and Talk”


The book is fill with athlete’s advice

Their perspective on conversations should more than suffice.


As a motivating factor for honing your skills.

And developing conversation skills that help pay the bills.


Your career’s in your hands and in the words you could say.

What are you waiting for? What’s your delay?


You’ll have your favorite tips from the book

But here are a few that are worth a quick look.

  • Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright offers insight on importance of communication in football in business on page 30.
  • Understanding the situation you’re in and how to adjust your interactions according to Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano in Chapter 3.
  • Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz gives his take on the importance of building rapport on page 57.
  • Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin outlines the importance of being honest with your skillset on page 90.
  • Richard Sherman’s view on how adversity develops leadership skills is found in Chapter 6.
  • Seattle Mariners utilityman Shawn O’Malley highlights the value of adjacent opportunities on page 92.
  • Seahawks Pro Bowl captain Kam Chancellor resisted leadership roles for a long time. Can you relate? It’s in Chapter 7.
  • Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner gives advice on how to make your voice heard when it counts in Chapter 8.
  • If you try to be the boss without any experience you could face resistance according to Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager on page 126.
  • Success doesn’t come easy. Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta gives the importance of celebrating your wins in Chapter 9.

Purchase the book on Amazon, in eBook or as a paperback. Or contact Jen to place a bulk order of books for your company or group. She’s also an entertaining and energetic speaker who provides a different perspective on business communication and leadership skills. She can be reached via email:

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 by Jen Mueller

Happy Monday!

This is a big week for me because my new book, The Influential Conversationalist, launches Wednesday. YAY!!

Thanks to you, I’ve topped the Thunderclap goal I set, meaning that more than 100 people will be posting about the book Wednesday. Thanks for your help in spreading the word and if you haven’t already joined in, there’s still time.

The message I setup through Thunderclap states, “Conversations don’t have to be hard.” It’s absolutely true. The Influential Conversationalists can not only take the fear and difficulty out of face-to-face interactions, but it offers examples of how conversation skills develop leadership potential.

One of the ways you do that is by become the person people in your office want to talk to. You can do that by brushing up on these sports topics and talking to sports fans this week.


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