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Do Tell: How Do You Know If You're Boring Someone?

Do Tell: How Do You Know If You're Boring Someone?

I can be a terrible bore when talking about my chronic allergies or compound hyphenation, but I am hypersensitive to the second I see anyone's eyes drift or glaze over. And who knows how long that takes! But the second I do, I try to steer the conversation to more interesting waters, like your allergies.

Whether it's body language or canned responses, I'm sure you all have grace-saving tactics to recognize when you've said enough. How do you know when it's time to change it up?


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karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
LOL @ jadenirvana
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
OMG-I have chronic allergies too! Call me anytime; I never get tired of discussing them.
jenniferjane jenniferjane 8 years
I work with all girls and they just interrupt and talk over me if I'm boring them. It's rude, but it definitely gets the point across.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
When the person starts looking around the room.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm with nancita, when they have to often of a wandering eye I now I've lost them.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Same here -- I just read the other person's body language. Generally, I would politely change the topic, or gracefully stop talking. However, if think I'm saying something important (and it would behoove the person to pay attention), I would gently confront the person. I would say,"Listen," and quickly wrap-up what I'm saying. While I generally respect when someone stops paying attention to me, sometimes I need to confront them about it.
nancita nancita 8 years
Shifty eyes, glancing around the room, is always a sign I notice. And I'll admit, when I'm drinking, I have a much harder time picking up such cues. :)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i agree with skigurl. also, when the person starts looking away or checking something (watch, phone).
skigurl skigurl 8 years
when the other person stops responding (physically, verbally, with words or with mmmhmmms etc.)...then you can tell they aren't listening anymore
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