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CHATTY CATHIES

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 1, 2013

BRYCE ON SOCIALIZATION

– Dealing with those who talk incessantly.

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We’ve all run into people who talk incessantly, be it a relative, friend, neighbor or coworker. You say “Hello” and that’s basically the last word you have in the conversation. I was sitting at a lunch counter recently and overheard two men talking; actually, it was just one guy dominating the conversation. He talked for over thirty minutes nonstop without taking a breath. From what I understood, it had something to do about his financial portfolio. I could tell by the inflection in his voice that he thought he was being rather brilliant and articulate, but I could also tell by his companion’s eyes that he was growing weary of the diatribe. And I think that’s part of the problem of these people I call “Chatty Cathies”; they simply have no regard for the other person in the conversation or whoever else might overhear them. It is this insensitivity that annoys us more than anything else.

“Chatty Cathies” feel compelled to entertain us when, in reality, they are putting everyone else to sleep. I find it interesting that most are unaware of how annoying they are. I don’t know why they do it other than they must have some insecurity they are hiding or perhaps it is an inferiority complex they are trying to overcome. I don’t know what it is, but it sure drives people bananas.

I have always thought of a conversation as a two-way street involving both give and take. Not so with the “Chatty Cathies” of the world who see conversations as unidirectional. Have you ever noticed that people only understand a fraction of what the “Chatty Cathies” are talking about? That’s pretty scary when you think about it, especially if the person has something important to say and people simply ignore it.

Interestingly, most of the “Chatty Cathies” I have met are actually nice people, if you can get them to shutup for a minute. At some point you have to inevitably confront the person about the problem which can be awkward to explain. Not to worry. I have found most are conscious of their problem and take criticism well. When I have to break off a conversation with one of them I say something like, “I’m sorry but I have to go do something else.” They are normally not offended, take it in stride and go looking for their next target.

People tend to avoid “Chatty Cathies” and treat them like lepers which is disheartening to the person in question who feels like they are being ostracized. What they do not seem to realize is, it is their mouth which is their own worst enemy.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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