Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by Jen Mueller

communication barriers, workplace communication Sports fans are getting a steady flow of information out of Indianapolis site of Sunday’s Super Bowl game.  It’s crossed the line of overkill for me, and many others, who are more than ready for them to play the game.

If you’re not a sports fan you likely tired of the Super Bowl talk long before now.   There’s a temptation to avoid the subject altogether, but before you do consider the unique opportunities you have this week and next.

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events of the year.  It’s also one of the highest rated TV programs each year.   This game appeals to a large number of people, and all for different reasons.

That makes the Super Bowl a great way to engage in small talk for the next several days, and if you do it right, it will provide conversation throughout the year.   To make this work, think of the Super Bowl itself as a launching pad for other discussions.  It’s simply a starting point.  Where it ends, is up to you.

Here are a few directions you could steer the conversation.

 

Jen Mueller, barriers to communication, Talk Sporty to MeSuper Bowl party  – Favorite recipe – favorite restaurant – New restaurant in town.

If you establish a connection around food or wine, you can continue those conversations long after the Super Bowl is played.

 

Location – Have you been to Indy? – Best city for business travel? – Vacation plans.

The travel aspect of the conversation allows you to open different lines of communication and connection points.

 

Commercials – Best/worst of the game? Favorite part of a Super Bowl Party?

This conversation point allows you to avoid talk of ‘the game’ and talk more about the experience of watching it with friends.

 

Halftime entertainment – rate Madonna’s performance – Favorite band  – First concert experience

Whether you like Madonna or not, there a conversation opportunity in reminiscing about your high school and college days.

 

The game itself – the matchup – favorite team – favorite player – outcome of game

And of course you can always talk about the game.  I’ll have more tomorrow on the big storylines surrounding the game.

 

This should spark some ideas on different ways to leverage the Super Bowl conversations and allow you to steer the conversation in a direction that makes you feel comfortable participating.  It also enables you to break through some of the communication barriers that might exist in your workplace.  Non-work conversations allow you to get to know your coworkers and colleagues and build relationships that lead to more productivity and a happier work environment.

 

Join the conversation and enjoy the “Big Game” and all the opportunities that come with it!

 

America's Expert TalkerJen 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 jen@talksportytome.com for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com

 

 

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