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Smalltalk-auf-Englisch - Wie man Geschäftsleute zum Schweigen bringt

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Business is all about talking, but sometimes people go too far. Some people seem to have no control over their communication skills and yap incessantly – sometimes about other people. How do you politely get the situation under control?

Handling a meeting hijacker
In any business meeting, it seems like there’s someone who just loves to hear himself talk. Once he gets started, he’ll go on and on and on. There’s only one “foolproof” way to stop this behaviour in its tracks: make sure any meeting including this person has a formal agenda. Once an agenda has been established, you have many options for steering the conversation in the right direction – most of them without pointing the finger or naming names.

( Interrupting ) I’m sorry to interrupt, but I think we’re getting a bit off the agenda here and would like us to come back to the issue of…

( Interrupting ) … I think we’re beginning to digress. Could I ask everyone to focus on sticking to the agenda so that we can make sure we’ve addressed everything in the time we have?

( Interrupting ) … I think the current line of discussion is not bringing us forward with the decisions we have to make. I’d like to suggest we re-focus our effort by discussing …

Every now and then a highly opinionated meeting hijacker might try to take control of the room by making provocative statements. Use the room to take control back by asking everyone to respond:

Well, that’s certainly food for thought. I’d like to ask for the general opinion on this. Should we interrupt our agenda to pursue this thought, or should we come back to it in another session?

Stopping gossip
Gossip is one of the most dangerous types of conversation that can take place in the workplace. It can lead to hate, political trouble, demotions and even dismissal. If someone starts gossiping with you, there are two ways to stop it.

Approach 1 : Passive listening
Passive listening is the practice of letting verbal material go “in one ear and out the other” by responding to what is said with comments like “Oh, really?”, “Uh huh”, “Oh”, and the like. Under no circumstance should you “participate” in the conversation by nodding, repeating anything or asking questions on the subject. Usually the gossiper will notice the gossip is ending with you and stop. If not, you’ll have to proceed to Approach 2.

Approach 2 : Shut the gossip down by abruptly changing the subject
Usually you can tell when the conversation is heading toward gossip. Statements like “Hey, did you hear about what happened to Erin?” and “Did you know Jim …?” are immediate clues.

As soon as you sense the conversation is heading into dangerous waters, change the subject using this approach:

Hey, I’m sorry to interrupt, but I just remembered I need your opinion about something. ( Harmless business or personal situation ) What do you think?

Oh, that just reminded me, I know you’re … I wanted to ask you if …?

( example: a good cook … if you have a good recipe for a chocolate birthday cake )

Hey, I’m sorry to interrupt, but did you see Programme X on the television last night? I thought it was great. Do you like …?

Gracefully exiting a conversation
Sometimes a conversation starts out all right and then gets really boring. When this happens, it’s often the case that the other person just won’t let go. In this situation, the “I should let you go…” technique is often used, but after so many decades of use, it’s no longer considered polite. Just like everyone knows “I’m sorry, he’s in a meeting” means “He doesn’t want to speak with you”, “I should let you go” is immediately understood to mean “I want to leave; you’re boring me.”

The savvy approach is to find some concrete, understandable reason why you have to move on. Examples:

I need to get to a meeting that starts in five minutes.
I’m scheduled to meet my manager in the hotel lobby in five minutes.
I’m on a deadline and need to get back to work.
I just noticed Sam Kincaid over there and I need to make sure I speak with him before he leaves tonight.

Getting rid of an office loiterer
You’re trying to get work done when one of your colleagues pokes his head in the door and starts talking. At first you’re friendly, but soon he has taken a seat and the short hello has turned into a full-blown chat session – and he’s the one doing all the chatting. Don’t let him waste your time! Instead, say:
I just sent the document I’m working on to the printer. Why don’t you come with me to get it?

Chances are he’ll continue his verbal diarrhoea all the way to the printer, but once you’ve collected your document, your exit is just minutes away:

Well, Jason, it’s been nice talking with you, but I think I need to visit the ladies’ room.

Well, Jason, it’s been nice talking with you, but now that I’m here I believe I should cut our conversation short and have a quick talk with Martha about our deadlines.

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