Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Talk Sporty to Me, Jen MuellerNo, this is not a gimmick.  It’s a strategy I use regularly throughout the year:  three sentences in the form of a “Thank You” letter.

It’s a simple, low-cost, high reward way to improve relationships with your co-workers and improve your likeability in the office.  Both elements are important to your success, because co-workers who like each other, work better together and produce greater results.  Taking the time to write a card can make your workplace happier and more productive, who wouldn’t want that?

I’ll be the first to admit that handwritten cards seem a little old-fashioned and antiquated, but that’s what makes them special.  Few people take the time to do it, so you’re efforts won’t go unnoticed.  Don’t know what to say?  Try the formula I use.   Think of this template as an old-school Mad Lib.


Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for your __________________ .   I really appreciate your willingness to ________________________.  You help make my job easier.

Thank you!

(sign your name) 


Don’t think for a second that it’s too cheesy or too simple to work.  Passing out “Thank You” notes to the athletes I work with builds trust, shows them they are appreciated and leads to better interviews and greater access.  Those are key components to being successful in my job.  Guys like former Super Bowl Champions Deion Branch and Lawyer Milloy,  Seahawks Pro-Bowlers Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas,  2008 NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant, Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. have not only received cards from me, but also sought me out to say “thank you” themselves for the gesture.

How would more trust help you become more successful?  What will you gain with more success?

If you’re ready to make a world of difference in the lives of your co-workers, click here to purchase of set of Talk Sporty to Me greeting cards.  For every $20 set sold through February, $10 will go to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  That means you can also make a difference in the world.


America's Expert Talker, Cards for a CauseJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work.  Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to use sports conversations to their advantage in business.   Her practical and humorous approach comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster.  Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact for more information and read more at