Quick story about how participating in a sports conversation pays off in business. In my keynotes and presentations, I advocate for participating in a sports related conversation every day and remind the audience participation can come in the form of talking or listening.
Yesterday, I was in the office and listening to this exchange between two co-workers in the middle of the newsroom.
Rich: “Hey Doug! How about those Ducks Saturday? What happened?”
Doug: “It’s tough to win when they shot themselves in the foot so many times. You can’t turn the ball over like that and not expect it to come back and bite you. They had their chances, but couldn’t take advantage.”
Rich: “I’m sure they’ll get back on track.”
Doug: “I hope so, or it’s going to be a long season.”
Rich knew to talk to Doug about the Oregon Ducks because Doug is an Oregon alum and on occasion wears a University of Oregon shirt to work. Here’s the cool part about this conversation. I didn’t have a chance to watch the Oregon/LSU game Saturday because I was working the Washington/Eastern Washington game. Doug’s opinion of the game helped me get up to speed on how Duck fans were reacting.
Less than 2 hours later, I received a work related email from a Ducks fan who wrote this as a first sentence: “Hope you enjoyed the great weekend – mine would have been better if I wasn’t a Ducks fan.”
In my response I was able to use the information gleaned from my co-workers and say “It’s tough to win when you shoot yourself in the foot. It looked like they had some chances.”
That quick exchange helps me further build rapport and increase the likelihood of future business. That translates to more opportunities for me. What will it mean for you? Take the time to participate this week and watch how it pays off.
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