Thursday, January 6, 2011
#7 Too many annoying facts/'one-uppers'
There are a few ways that you sneak your little annoying facts or bits of information into the conversation.
1. Openly spitting it out. I didn't ask how many yards Marcus Allen ran for the Raiders between '84 and '86, or who the 2nd lead singer of Pezheads was. Cut it out.
2. The 'one-upper'. Completely worthy of it's own befuddlement post, the one-upper is a person who responds to anybody's experience or problem by immediately telling a similar story but with a more grand or horrible outcome. Cut it out.
3. (Lastly and the most annoying) Any time we are telling a person of something new we have learned, these people immediately follow up with "you didn't know that?" Cut it out.
Are your comments interesting? They absolutely could be. But if you often find that conversations are cut short after something you have just said or shared, here is a simple suggestion.
Ask yourself "am I saying this to look smarter than everybody else in the room?"
…and more importantly…
"does this comment warrant a swift kick in the crotch?" If so, cut it out.