Posted on: March 2nd, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Talk Sporty to Me Blog

The phrase “team chemistry” comes up quite a bit in my job as a sideline reporter.  We talk about who has it, why it’s missing, and how it leads to wins.   I’ve heard many fans debate the qualities and characteristics of good “team chemistry” and while the phrase covers a variety of feelings and actions, I think it comes down to one thing – communication.

 

Teammates need to get know each other, like each other and trust each other.  The only way to do that is to talk to each other and communicate.   A team with a good vibe and good chemistry gets along, works well together and moves in the same direction.  All of those things ultimately lead to more wins.

Last week I raised this point to several leadership students at Evergreen High School in Vancouver.   It’s great to have people who lead by example, in a locker room or classroom but someone needs to get the conversation going.   Because you’ll never build the “know, like and trust” factors without taking time to get know your teammates, classmates or co-workers.   You need to be able to engage in a conversation with them and build rapport.  That’s the basis for any good working environment.

Building rapport takes time, but if you can engage in a simple sports conversation you’ve got it made.  Here’s why:

–       it’s a non-threatening way to get the ball rolling

–       it offers a launching point for other conversation topics

–       and provides numerous opportunities for follow-up

Sports conversations are key in building business relationships, just ask former news anchor Margo Myers.  She’s got great examples about how knowing the score in a game helped her smooth over tense situations and build rapport as a reporter in the field.

If you’re curious or looking for a way to better connect and communicate in the workplace check out the Talk Sporty to Me workshop presented by Go Girl Academy.  It’s a fun-filled, jam-packed 3 hours.  I’ll give you a step by step plan to get you talking sporty in 5 minutes a day, plus practical ways to engage in conversations with your co-workers, family members and friends.  Space is limited so sign up today.

 

Looking forward to seeing you March 23rd!