eaglesrule wrote:Sports works, but it stops working. I work at a place with 30 women, like five guys. You have to mix it up. Sports, standing up saying, "sorry, I really have to go" and go to the bathroom, grabbing papers, and bluntly saying "that sounds interesting, but I really need to do x, y, z.
I also have a woman who seems to be immune to that, so one time I just said "oh what a lovely story about your kids. Actually, the most interesting thing happened to ME the other day." Then make sure it is a dry story with no point. That takes care of it usually. If not the first time, definitely after that. People like that don't like listening.
The problem with this girl is that she can talk about almost anything, except for sports. Everything ALWAYS comes back to her in some way. But sports, seems to be her kryptonite. When I read the advice it hit me that I had never heard her speak about sports, in fact I can remember in one of her marathon speeches that she said she hated sports.
Today she walked into my room and began to spew nonsense about how tired she was. She caught me on the phone. I told her I was busy and she just stood there...waiting. But I was ready once I hung up and tore off into the Paul Byrd to the Red Sox trade. I almost talked about Michael Phelps but I was worried that the Olympics would be too general and she would be interested. So I went with the Paul Byrd trade and how I hope the Sox just give up cash and not a prospect. She was out of my office in 3 minutes. Later that day she came back in and I talked about Gio Gonzalez start against the Rays last night.
This is what I have learned, you have got to keep it obscure. The Bret Favre topic kind of created some feedback which worried me because she thought he was sweet when he shaved his head. But obscure sports topics really get her out of my face quickly.