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The art of polite group conversation

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Deetee:

--- Quote from: MsMarjorie on November 23, 2012, 10:12:21 PM ---I really just think thats the nature of group conversations (the conversation across from me is always more interesting than the one I am having). 

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And then at weddings, it always seems to be table on the other side of the room that is laughing and having animated conservations about skydiving in a Energiser bunny custom with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (or something as judged from the sign language) while you are are trying to discuss the different qualities of compost with the slightly deaf great uncle whose name you've forgotten.

But then you realise that you don't notice other people when your conversation is interesting.

Raintree:
"Sorry, one sec, I just wanted to hear what Susie was saying about dogs..."

I don't know if that's polite, but if I was listening to Susie originally then it was PNTM that interrupted.

I'mnotinsane:

--- Quote from: Raintree on November 24, 2012, 01:54:11 AM ---"Sorry, one sec, I just wanted to hear what Susie was saying about dogs..."

I don't know if that's polite, but if I was listening to Susie originally then it was PNTM that interrupted.
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While this feels rude it is perfectly polite. 
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TootsNYC:

--- Quote from: Raintree on November 24, 2012, 01:54:11 AM ---"Sorry, one sec, I just wanted to hear what Susie was saying about dogs..."

I don't know if that's polite, but if I was listening to Susie originally then it was PNTM that interrupted.

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this is what I was thinking. Just make a comment that indicates that you were in on the other conversation.

Raintree:
I was thinking about this thread and realizing it seems to happen to me a lot. I know a couple of people in my social circle who are perfectly nice people, but I avoid sitting next to them in situations like this, because once they've turned to talk to me, they talk a mile a minute and it becomes next to impossible to break it off and join another conversation. It's normal for larger groups to break off into several sub-groups having conversations, but I'm talking about the people who talk a mile a minute about nothing and monopolize you for extended periods of time, when you kind of want to mingle with everyone present.

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