Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Lasso Made of Words

Ensnaring people in a conversation is an art form. I have neither the knowhow or the energy to capture an individual with my words. Some people can keep you trapped for an hour. I commend them for their talent, but also fear for my life when they pass by.

I have already been trapped in two long conversations this morning. I don't know what it is about today, but I must look eager to have a heart-to-heart. When I'm talking, I always give the listener a chance to abandon ship. After five minutes of solo speaking, unless there is a crowd gathering around, your listener is daydreaming about all the productive things they could be doing instead of hearing your story.

The fact that most humans would prefer hear their own voice is one of those huge shames in life. If you really want your listener to care, you better have something really good to talk about.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not interested in trapping anyone in anything. I am just trying to get through the day, and keep food on my table!

I guess I'll read elsewhere from now on.:/

Anonymous said...

rotfl!!! :) I am SUCH a ninny! :P

Ivan said...

Tell me about it. I've taken up blind dating lately, and--my god, those girls love to talk! And they don't care if I'm not making a contribution to the conversation, either.

When they do respond to things I say, it's only long enough to launch into an anecdote of their own.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's something in the food…