Pre-Super Bowl XLIV Water Cooler Conversation Starters (and Stoppers) for Non-Sports Fans

It’s the moment fans have been waiting for… finding out who will be going to the Super Bowl next month. So, for non-sports fans, building rapport with clients, customers, colleagues and bosses who follow football is easy this week, IF you can talk about the big game.  Here’s an all purpose conversation starter, and a […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 01/25/2010 in Uncategorized -

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NFL Playoff Water Cooler Conversation Starters… and some Stoppers

Starting on Monday, the office chatter will probably be dominated by playoff talk. No need to sit on the sidelines this year. Here are some easy comments you can use to start or participate in just about any conversation about the games. And, just for fun, we’ve included a few “stoppers” to steer clear of, […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 01/11/2010 in Uncategorized -

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Talking theTalk about the 2009 Post Season Playoffs: Step 1

For football fans –and let’s face it, that’s a lot of people because professional football is one of the most popular spectator sports in the country– the playoffs are the most exciting part of the season.  Since the playoffs begin today, here’s a quick overview of the basics such as who’s playing and when, key […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 01/09/2010 in Uncategorized -

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Blackhawks Suck: A Cautionary Tale for the New Year

Non-sports fans can take comfort in the fact that even sports fans need some help when it comes to talking sports at work.  Take Andrew’s story, for example. Andrew is a senior project manager and an avid sports fan. His favorite sport to follow is hockey. His boss invited him to attend a hockey game […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 01/02/2010 in Uncategorized -

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Using Sports to Connect with Customers: Case Study #2

2XPM84CB4EE6 Since opportunities to connect with customers can occur just about anywhere – your office, their office, on the phone, at a restaurant, on the golf course, at a Happy Hour, etc. — it’s important to consider where the communication is taking place. In most cases, the scene can influence your choice of an opening […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 11/24/2009 in Uncategorized -

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How to Get Ahead at the White House (or Any Other Workplace). Or…Not.

It’s too bad that junior aide hadn’t read our Oct. 13, 2009 post before speaking with the New York Times earlier this week about the so-called sports culture at the White House. If she had, she just may have scored a much more flattering – and professional— quote. Instead, she said that ‘…the “sports-fan thing […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 10/29/2009 in Uncategorized -

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Connecting with Colleagues: A Case Study

Opportunities to connect with others occur just about anywhere – your office, their office, on the phone, at a restaurant, on the golf course, at a Happy Hour… the list goes on and on.  It’s important to consider where the conversation is taking place because the scene often can influence the way you choose to […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 10/22/2009 in Uncategorized -

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Your Success Depends on the Relationships You Build

Consider the old saying that every salesperson knows by heart: People buy from people they like, trust and respect. They especially buy from people with whom they are comfortable — people who make them feel at ease right from the start. Seth Godin, author of several best-selling marketing books and writer of the most popular […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 10/15/2009 in Uncategorized -

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Tune In to Work Smarter, Not Harder

It must be plain old human nature, that capacity people have for taking no notice of things in their environment that don’t interest them. The reason for it could be self-preservation: Our brains can only handle a limited amount of information, so we focus only on the things that are most important to us. However, […]

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by TalkingAGoodGame - 10/12/2009 in Uncategorized -

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