Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

I know for many people, listening to a sports conversation is like following a foreign language.  But it can also help you cross language barriers.  Just last week a friend shared a story from her vacation in Europe.  She and her husband were enjoying drinks at a local’s only bar.  They didn’t speak the language very well and were getting the stink eye from a few people seated nearby.  This was around the time of the Winter Olympics last year and her husband thought of two sports figures from the area and asked which one the locals like better.

Think about what the exchange looked like.  My friend and her husband sitting there using body language and gestures to act out the sport.  The only words familiar to the locals were the names of the athletes.  And you know what.  It worked.  The locals figured out what Amy and Curt were asking and jumped right in.  It didn’t take long before everyone’s body language changed and it was a warm environment.

Sports conversations might seem trivial at times, but they just might come to the rescue one day.

If you have a success story of how a sports conversation or topic helped you, send it in.  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy talking!