How can I stop dominating the conversation?
October 7, 2006 12:05 AM Subscribe
Talking Too Much: Help me stop.
posted by mynameismandab to human relations (22 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
All my life I've been told I talk too much. As a result, people tend to perceive me as being self-important, uninterested in listening to other people, and generally annoying. I honestly don't see myself as any of those things.
I Do talk alot; it's usually because
(1) I know alot about a subject and would like to contribute to the conversation,
(2) I have a lot of questions and/or feel the need to explain myself, and
(3) I am unable to think inside my head, only out loud.
I have tried to inhibit my questions/comments/thoughts, but I only find myself forgetting what I was going to say or feeling like I'm trying to be someone I'm not.
I also like people to contribute lots of information/comments and don't mind when other people think aloud, but I don't meet many people who feel the same way about me. What can I do?