Improving your Likability Factor with Employers - Work in Sports Podcast episode 111

By Brian Clapp | August 20, 2018

Want to know the secret to improving your likability with potential employers? We have it on this episode of the Work in Sports podcast.

Hi everybody I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for and this is the Work in Sports podcast…

Before we get into this weeks question I want to give you all a really really good update.

We opened up registration for our Sports Career Accelerator event last week… and the response was excitement, coupled with some anguish. Many of you said, I love this event, I want to come… but it’s a little expensive, I’m not sure I can afford it.

Well, we heard you so we got to work over the last week trying to figure out how to reduce costs and pass savings on to all of you.

I can’t get into all the details yet, but suffice it to say we got really creative, and we did it.

We are dropping the price by $200!

So now you can register for our Sports Career Accelerator event, spend two days with me in Atlanta…plus executives with the Braves, Falcons, United, Hawks, College Football Hall of Fame and more, learning and networking…for just $399.

Many of you also asked for a payment plan… so guess what, we did that too! You can pay in two installments of $199 and spread out the costs.

We want you to be at our event, it’s going to be special, so we’re doing all we can to make it work for all of you. So please visit / Tremont / atlanta and get this thing rolling!

Now onto today’s question – from Tony in St.Louis – Tony before we get into your question.. a round trip flight from St. Louis to Atlanta… $200 on Expedia. Not too bad!

“Hi Brian – I’m a big fan of your podcast, thanks so much for all the help you provide all of us listeners and aspiring sports workers! My question is related to soft skills, so many of your guests talk about the importance of things like attitude and charisma and work ethic… which makes sense. But I find some people light up a room naturally, and I envy that from them. I’m not that guy, I’m a little shy, a little reserved, a little less gregarious than others…but I am no less smart and no less talented than they are. So how do I get across my soft skills so that people can see how talented I am and deserving of a job?”

Damn Tony – I love your open and honest vulnerability here. on the podcast episode we discuss:

  • Two words - Be Curious. 
  • When to ask questions
  • How to ask thoughtful questions
  • Open ended questions
  • Avoiding the sports talk radio conundrum
  • Being a good listener
  • Start with why

Listen in and you'll get some great advice from Brian on increasing your likability and soft skills with potential employers.

You want to stand out from the crowd, be likable and emotionally intelligent? You want to master the soft skills? Practice these techniques and ask thoughtful questions – that’s how you will warm yourself up to people.

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