Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

One of the best parts of the week is sharing success stories on how a Talk Sporty technique made a conversation easier or how a sports conversation has led to more opportunities.

Talk Sporty to Me Success Stories

Here’s a story from my work week with the Mariners.  Outfielder Michael Saunders is from hockey crazy Canada.  I thought he would appreciate talking about something other than baseball, so I asked which team he was rooting for in the playoffs.  Here’s how the conversation rolled right along.

Me: “Who are you rooting for?”

Michael: “The hometown Canucks of course.  They’re the top seed, but I think it’s going to be a tough first round against Chicago.”

Me: “You think so, Chicago barely made the playoffs?”

Michael: “The Blackhawks are still the defending champs and they can score at will, but I think if Vancouver can make it past the first round they’ll make it all the way to the finals. The Sedin brothers are strong and I like their chances against everyone else.

It was a successful exchange.   Michael was smiling and enjoying a chance to talk about something that interested him and I felt good that my “Conversation Starters” worked this week because I haven’t been able to watch much hockey this season.  It didn’t matter, Michael carried the conversation and I was able to participate.

Success indeed!