This reminder is as much for myself right now as it is for you. You see, I am currently sitting on an airplane, (can you believe technology these days) mired in piles of college football notes that I need to fully comprehend before I arrive at Pac-10 Media Day in the morning. I’m starting to feel a little stressed out. I understand football, but I’ve got so many stats and player names swimming around in my brain, I think might head might start spinning. So it is at this point, I’m choosing to remind myself not to be a know-it-all – because no one likes a know-it-all.
I was listening to a conversation just yesterday between two Mariners fans. One knew every little bit of information you could think of about the team. The other was more interested in talking about why the team is struggling. The problem was, the fan who knew “everything” wouldn’t pause long enough to let the other fan talk. Eventually the second fan realized he was never going to get a word in edgewise, became uninterested in the conversation and turn his attention elsewhere.
I’ve seen that scenario play out many, many times. It’s disheartening if you’re the one trying to get a word in, but it’s also a good lesson that sometimes less is more. This is especially key if you’re a relatively new sports fan or just testing out the Talk Sporty to Me principles. Don’t get caught up in trying to know everything. That’s not the goal. The objective is to engage in conversations with people. The easiest way to do that is by asking questions and asking for their insight and opinions. It makes that person feel valued and respected. It helps you become more knowledgeable.
It’s exactly what I’ll be doing tomorrow when I talk to the Pac-10 coaches and players.