It should not come as a surprise to you there are topics you shouldn’t be talking about in casual conversation at work: politics, money, religion and sex. Common sense should tell you those are polarizing topics.
Common sense doesn’t always win out. Passion often does. Passion mixed with hot-button topics leads to disagreements, fights and issues at work. It’s not just the disagreement that causes problems it’s what you think about your colleagues and how they perceive you after the fact. That’s why some companies have banned talk of politics at work.
Every conversation is part of your personal brand, whether you see it that way or not.
Here’s the problem when you move away from those hot-button topics, it feels like you’re limited in what you can talk about… and the weather isn’t worth talking about.
Here’s the solution – sports small talk.
You can have a passionate, lively conversation that reflects your personal brand, gives you insight into your colleagues and avoids fights during your work happy hours. Start with these conversation starters this week.