Answer my question. The one that I asked. Now please shut up.
May 3, 2011 12:40 PM Subscribe
How do you deal with people that don't answer the questions you ask, and speak too long about semi-unrelated subjects?
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Grab Bag (36 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Here's a perfect example:
Her: "I made a document that tracks X from our vendors."
Me: "Great, thanks. But this doesn't quite give me what I need. You see, X is composed of sub-elements A, B and C. Where are those individual pieces tracked?"
Her: (three minute dissertation on why workflow gets tracked in general)
Me: "Yes, but where can I find A, B and C?"
Her: (ignores question and continues for three minutes, until finally...)
Her: "And on this other tab, it has links to the individual vendors' tracking spreadsheets."
Me: (clicks on links, discovers it has what I need). "A-ha! These other spreadsheets have what I was looking for. Thanks."
Her: (additional three minute dissertation on how spreadsheets are used by businesses in general)
I want to jump up and scream, "ANSWER THE QUESTION! I asked a QUESTION! It has an ANSWER! Tell it to me! Oh, look, now that I've waded through several minutes of bullshit and discovered the answer myself within your heaping layers of said bovine feces. Got it. I'm done. Please stop talking!"
Am I crazy?