I have seen and experienced all range of emotions in the last week as both a sports fan and someone who works in sports.
The passion I’ve seen is a great reminder as to why sports small talk can be a powerful way to connect. Fans care about sports. This isn’t the weather. It’s not just something to fill the time between getting off work and going to bed. Sports fans are invested. When you tap into that passion you’re not just talking about sports. You’re learning about what interests, drives and motivates the people around you and that’s critical for communication, leading and being productive at work.
Don’t overlook small talk as a way to connect especially when you use these sports topics this week.