It isn't so bad now that I work from home. In a cubicle, it's the worst feeling ever. In my 20s, I worked with a woman who came into my office every day to tell me how much weight she'd lost.
I once used the bathroom as an excuse to get away from a guy who would sit in my guest chair, talking for hours about football, despite my repeated attempts to tell him I knew NOTHING about football.
I've seen people who can gracefully get out of any conversation. I'm not one of them. Someone once told me if you want a conversation to end, stop talking. Eventually they'll run out of things to say.
Yeah...that doesn't work.
I had a friend who would pretend his phone was buzzing. He always left it on silent at work, so people believed him. He'd just grab his phone (on his belt) and say, "Sorry. I have to take this call." It worked every time.
How do you get out of a conversation that won't end?
And now for a little Friday fun. If you've never seen this video, you have to watch it. It's HILARIOUS!