Hello SOTGC Community,
Can you feel the excitement in the air? It’s not only the start of the summer but we’re bringing you another month of conversation starters. These will help you pre-meeting when you’re trying to fill the awkward silence with your co-worker but they’re also great to drum up conversation with the person next to you on the plane.
Here’s what you can chat people up about this month.
The U.S. Open (June 14-18) is the second of the majors in professional golf (PGA). (A major is a designated big tournament – there are four over the course of the golf season).
Working it into the conversation
- Much like your life on the road, the location of the tournament changes each year, but it’s always in the U.S. This year’s tourney takes place in Erin Hills, Wisconsin.
- It seems that the discussion of life-work balance is ever present in a woman’s work world but it’s not just for women. In a bold move, veteran golfer Phil Mickelson chose to put his family first and skip this year’s tournament to attend his daughter’s graduation where she will be giving a speech as the class president.
- If the name sounds familiar, yes there is also a tennis tournament called the U.S. Open, which takes place in late August.
College Baseball World Series
The College World Series (June 5-28) is baseball’s version of March Madness (the college basketball tournament in March with the crazy brackets). Team’s compete until they’re narrowed down to eight teams, which advance to play in Omaha, Nebraska.
Working it into conversation
- Unlike the presentation at your company board meeting, this tournament is double elimination. If a team has a bad game, they have a chance to completely redeem themselves.
- We all have those when everything is going your way and this tournament gives teams a chance to ride out their hot streak. Last year’s champions took everyone by surprise but them. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers took home last year’s national championship, beating a heavily favored University of Arizona team.
The Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday, June 10 in New York. Belmont is the third race in the coveted Triple Crown series that includes the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Working it into conversation
- Sometimes you’re determined but still unsuccessful. That’s what happened to Always Dreaming, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby. In his quest for the Triple Crown, he lost in the second race at The Preakness and will skip the race at Belmont. We could probably take a lesson from this colt, when you push yourself to the limit it’s okay to take a break.
- Horses names rival those of your favorite nail polish or lipstick. Ever wonder how they come up with them? It’s not as fun as it seems because there are lots of rules but a few “don’ts” include making the horses name longer than 18 letters, naming them after one of the 450,000 other registered horse names or including a race name itself in the moniker. (Names like Derby, Preakness are not allowed).
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