Sports conversations make great ice-breaker because it’s a ‘safe subject.’ You can get a feel for a person or situation by asking “What did you think of the game last night?” That’s enough to generate chit-chat and small talk for a few minutes before transitioning to business or any other matters at hand.
Typically we stay away from small talk that involves politics, religion, money or sex. Those subjects raise too many strong feelings and opinions for effective small talk. But if you’re looking for a way to broach one of those subjects, a sports conversation can be a great way to ease your way into a bigger conversation.
For example, Sunday is Easter. According to a Christian radio D.J. it’s like “Super Bowl Sunday for Christians.” Don’t know how to spread the word and be a witness? Try this approach. Mars Hill Church in Seattle is holding their Easter service at Qwest Field, on the 50-yard line. That will be one cool service and tickets are free. If you know a sports fan or a football fan, you could try these ice-breaker questions.
“Did you see what’s going on at Qwest Field this weekend?”
“With the NFL lockout, I’m glad Qwest Field is getting some use. Did you see what they’re hosting this weekend?”
“I know Qwest gets loud for Seahawks games, I wonder how loud it’s going to be this Sunday.”
That should open the door for you to extend an invite to your church service and allows you to easily share your faith in a casual manner. Don’t get discouraged if the response isn’t overwhelming. You have to plant the seed first before it can grow.