I’ve worked in a male dominated business my entire adult life and have gained very valuable insight on what sports conversations mean to men. Here’s what you need to know when talking to your co-workers.
- Just because men often talk loudly and passionately about ‘their’ teams, doesn’t mean they’re always right. I’ve called B.S. on a number of guys who tried to talk about players, teams, schemes, storylines etc. without knowing they were talking to a sports reporter. Don’t be intimidated.
- Being able to participate in a sports conversation gives you instant credibility. Asking your co-worker about his favorite team might not mean much to you, but it means a lot to him that you would take an interest.
- Men appreciate an easy ice breaker. They know what they’re not supposed to talk about in front of women, but they often don’t know what that leaves them with as acceptable conversation points. Showing your interest in sports will help ease you into a productive working relationship.
- Less is more. Men don’t want or need you to talk their ear off about ‘the game.’ They are capable of talking, they just need to be given the opportunity. Ask them questions and listen to them talk. Those two things go a long way in developing good communication skills and relationships with your co-workers.
- Most men don’t spend as much time watching sports as you think. They have ways of following the games without spending an entire afternoon in front of the TV. I happen to know how they do it, and how celebrities, athletes and sports reporters keep track of mountains of information without hours of research. In fact if you follow my Talk Sporty to Me Checklist it takes just 5 minutes a day.
Did I peak your interest? Come check the Talk Sporty to Me and Sassy Fit Happy Hour this Wednesday from 7-9pm. I’ll teach you everything you need to know. It’s not just for women, guys come check it out and make sure I’m on point.
See you Wednesday!