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Whether you like it or not you are part of a team. Even entrepreneurs work with teams of people that require a certain level of teamwork.
You can argue the value of working together on group projects.
You can dislike the team members you’re working with.
Or you can extoll the benefits and importance of teamwork, like the fact that people who work on a team are twice as likely to be engaged at work according to a global study done by the ADP Research Institute.
The teams I work as a sports broadcaster don’t question the value of teamwork because it’s a requirement. Teamwork isn’t a buzz word in sports. It’s not a cliché. Being a good teammate isn’t category on yearly performance review, it’s on display for athletes every single day.
Which means… watching sports can provide insight on how to be a better teammate. Sports is more than stats and scores.
Watching sports with a critical eye reinforces what teamwork actually is...
Did you know the average NFL game in 2019 was watched by an average of 16.5 million people?
Maybe that stat intrigues me because I’m an NFL sideline reporter or maybe it’s because that’s a significant number of people invested in football games.
Those are the same people you see at work, bump into getting coffee and meet at networking events.
And that’s just one of the reasons you should be using sports small talk to your advantage. Sports fans are primed to talk about their favorite teams, the outcome of games and prolific performances. Give them the platform. Develop rapport and once you have their attention, transition to business.
Use these conversation starters this week:
When I look into the future for 2020 I see sports. Lots of sports.
Although, I suppose that’s true for every year and every decade. Which is why every year I update this handy dandy chart of major sporting events and general sports timelines to track throughout the year.
It’s a habit I developed early in my TV career as a sports producer. I was responsible for generating nightly content and staying on top of upcoming events and having a calendar of events helps with the planning process. So, about this time every year I would literally get out my paper calendar and pencil in sports schedules I needed to follow. I’ve maintained that habit as a blogger and business owner who talks about sports.
This chart helps me track topics for the weekly Conversation Starters blog… AND it helps me plan follow up emails and conversations with sports-loving clients and people in my network.
There are lots of reasons I use sports conversations in business, here are the...
Get a jump start on those New Year’s resolutions by committing to at least one productive small talk conversation a day this week.
What makes small talk productive?
It should allow you to learn something about the person you’re talking to that could be used in a follow up conversation.
Here’s my general rule of thumb: sports works, weather does not. I mean, how many times can you ask about rainy weather, cloudy weather, winter weather… you get my drift.
Here are a few sports topics you can use this week.
Happy Holiday week!
I’ll keep this short and sweet since you’ve got a lot on your plate. Don’t forget that sports topics make good small talk options around family and friends. Debate if that’s your style but keep it light enough to avoid huge fights.
You should be connecting with people not alienating them.
“How do you get a coworker to trust you, especially if you’re younger and don’t have as much experience?”
That question came from a high schooler attending a leadership panel I facilitated last week. It was a great question and great awareness for an emerging leader. And I’m not sure I provided the answer she wanted. I told her there’s no one thing you can say to anyone in a single conversation to get them to trust you. It’s true for the athletes I cover and the colleagues I work with.
It takes showing up consistently and multiple interactions to develop trust. Those interactions don’t have to be lengthy. It can be a short exchange in passing, which is why small talk is so important and why should be using these sports #ConvoStarters this week.
It’s officially the Christmas season and I’m finally on board with Christmas music, Christmas trees, Christmas shopping and my Christmas pajamas. It’s only a matter of time before I watch Christmas Vacation (again and again.)
Until I brush up on those one-liners I’ll rely on sports as my go-to small talk conversation starters.
And you should too.
Sports is always in season and a way to connect with millions of sports fans.
Happy Thanksgiving Week!
You know I'm a big advocate of small talk, face-to-face conversations and building relationships through daily interactions.
HOWEVER... If you'd like to minimize or altogether avoid talking to some of your family members this week. I get it. You might want to take a look at this list on how to be part of family gatherings without talking before Aunt Trudy shows up with her jello salad.
Of course there's plenty of sports to talk about this week and big football games on the horizon. Take a look at this list use the topics with family and friends this week.
The Seahawks bye week gave me a chance to sit and watch football all weekend.
So naturally I spent Sunday watching the Red Zone channel, which is awesome and overwhelming all at the same time. If you’re not familiar with the Red Zone it’s a channel that bounces around showing all the scoring plays. Sometimes they’ll stick with a game for several minutes, other times it’s just a few seconds.
It can be a great way to watch a lot of games while I’m doing other things around the house, but even though I’m listening to the commentary I’m not really hearing or remembering what’s been said.
Funny enough, it’s the same way my husband describes conversations with me (at times,) “I listen to everything you say but don’t remember anything.”
I shouldn’t have to tell you (or him!) that’s not the best way to approach conversations with your spouse or your...
Most athletes will never make it to the pros. But they can all become leaders.
Despite the amount of money pouring into youth programs and select teams the numbers are stacked against athletes, while being stacked in favor of executive leadership.
According to the NCAA, in most sports less than 8% of high school athletes become NCAA athletes and of those collegiate athletes less than 10% will go pro in their sport. Meanwhile, research conducted by Ernst & Young in 2016 showed a disproportionate number of CEOs played sports when they were younger. In fact, 90% of women surveyed among 821 high-level executives participated in sports.
It’s no coincidence athletes become leaders. Teamwork, collaboration, accountability, communication and the ability to motivate are core competencies of winning teams. It’s true at every level: high school, select, rec-league, college and in the professional ranks.
Leadership qualities show up everywhere in sports which is why...