Posted on: December 15th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Jen with Christmas TreeI’m settling in for a 6-hour flight home with the Seahawks.  A long trip, but a happy one after the Seahawks shut out the New York Giants.

There’s lots of different ways to talk about this game and plenty of story lines to discuss with Seahawks fans this week, but there’s also several other ways to use the Seahawks win in conversations and emails this week.

Throughout the season I’ve been encouraging Seahawks fans to think outside the box scores and put their fandom to work for them.  The value of sports conversations at work is the relationship building opportunities they provide.  The better your rapport with colleagues and coworkers the more enjoyable and productive the workplace.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at all the different elements you can draw on from the Seahawks win in New York.

  1. Location.  New York is a popular destination for business and sightseeing.  Perhaps you know someone who loves New York, just returned from New York or wants to go to New York.
  2. Holiday preparations.  The entire city is decked out in festive decorations and of course there’s the huge tree in Rockefeller Plaza.  This could take you into a conversation about your own holiday preparations and plans.
  3. Holiday shopping.  Of course there’s still shopping to do and plenty of people who want to talk about it.
  4. Holiday weather/travel.  I don’t usually advocate talking about the weather, but if you’re strategic about it, it can work.  Especially if there’s snow or inclement weather impacting your travel plans
  5. Game Site.  Met Life stadium will host the Super Bowl in February.  That’s enough to get Seahawks fans talking.
  6. Teams.  You could talk about any number of things relating to the Giants and Seahawks.  Personnel, coaches, quarterbacks, playmakers – you get the picture
  7. Outcome.  The Seahawks win moves them one step closer to winning the division, locking up home field advantage and securing a bye.  The defense shut out the Giants and the offense made some nice adjustments to get points on the board.

Wondering exactly how this works?  Here are a few examples:

  • “I saw the Seahawks won in New York, I love New York at Christmas. Have you ever been?”
  • “Given the snow storms on the east coast, the weather could have been a lot worse for the Seahawks in New York.  Are you going to see snow during the holidays?”
  • “Met Life looked like a nice stadium, and the Hawks had no trouble winning on the road.  I wouldn’t mind seeing the Hawks do that in the Super Bowl, would you?”

There’s more to every game than just the box score.  Start putting that to work for you and using your Seahawks fandom to build relationships and get more done.

 

Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle.  She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans.  The book is available on Amazon.