Talking About The Weather Gets My Approval 

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on talking about the weather the image shows pictures of different weather conditions

If you have found yourself starting a conversation talking about the weather, don’t worry, it’s not because you lack ideas. 

This is how I initially judged myself when I realized I was starting several conversations with my clients asking them about the weather. 

How could I talk about such a trite topic, I asked myself. 

But over time I have come to realize that there is significance in these seemingly mundane conversations. The weather provides context. It’s a great way to connect with others remotely. In a world where we often communicate through screens and across distances, acknowledging the weather can foster a sense of shared space despite physical separation.

It can also serve as a gateway to talking about frustrations or hopes: a discussion about the weather allows for emotional expression, something that can get lost in work-related meetings.

So next time you find yourself asking, “What’s the weather like where you are?” – don’t judge – embrace it as an opportunity to connect really nicely with that person. 

Who else likes to open Zoom calls talking about the weather? Drop me a comment below.

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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