So I’m at hot yoga this morning and I’m feeling pretty good about myself – especially while holding my standing leg-head-to-knee pose. (That’s the one where you’re supposed to make yourself look like a ‘T’.) So there I am, sweating, and holding this pose when I catch a glimpse of a gal in the front row who appeared to be stretching a little further than me. I understand yoga is not a competitive sport, but sometimes I can’t help it. Today, however, I learned my lesson. When I lost focus on myself in the mirror I started to fall out of my pose, not the most gracefully either, I might add.
That same lesson applies to our sports knowledge. Don’t worry about what everyone else knows compared to your knowledge base. There will always be people who know more. Focus on yourself. Find your passion, find your comfort zone and find your confidence in joining the conversation regardless as to how much you know or think you don’t know. All you need is a small piece of information – like this headline: Milton Bradley packed up, left stadium during game. A quick glance of the picture above the headline shows Bradley in a Mariners uniform. And the headline itself sounds pretty serious. You don’t have to read the story, or know anything about the game last night to glean a few key pieces of information: the sport, the player and the action in question. We’re talking about baseball, and Milton Bradley left the ballpark before the game was over. This is a great conversation starter –even if you don’t know any other details. Let someone else fill in the blanks for you. Remember – know your audience – make sure you ask someone who follows baseball and start talking.
You: “Milton Bradley left the ballpark before the game ended? That doesn’t sound good.”
Other fan: “I saw that this morning. Did you see the game?”
You: “No, I was busy with some things at home. What happened?
Other fan: “He struck out twice and the manager took him out of the game. Looks like Milton was pretty upset.”
You: “What do you think will happen now?”
Other fan: “Hard to tell, he’s had some trouble controlling his temper in the past. We’ll have to see.”
Three questions from you, three answers from some other fan and you’re set. So get talking and focus on yourself.