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Married to our jobs, but seeing each other on the side

How do I avoid shop talk on dates? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 8, 2014 - 34 answers

Say this, not that

Recently I discovered some great phrases that work much better than the standard response to a situation, and was wondering if anyone had any others. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Dec 27, 2013 - 32 answers

How to Talk to a Guy, Awkward Home Edition

I'm awkward, and I want to approach this guy that I know, but I'm not entirely sure how to do it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Fictional accounts of therapy

I am looking for fictional depictions of therapy, preferably ones where it's taken seriously. More along the lines of In Treatment and The Sopranos than What About Bob? and Analyze This! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 4, 2013 - 53 answers

X + Y = motivation!!

What are the components of a stellar pep talk? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Mar 26, 2013 - 1 answer

How to confront parents?

How to confront parents about an event which really hurt when I was younger and continues to plague my life/our relationship now (over ten years later)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2013 - 38 answers

Do you remember this study about deep/meaningful conversations?

There was a study a few years back where they had two people meet and discuss a list of questions. The control pairs got a basic set of superficial interview questions (what's your name, do you have siblings, where are you from) and the other got a specially designed set of questions that increasingly went into meaningful, personal topics. At the end, pairs in the test group tended to report a deep bond with their partner and went on to become friends after the study. Can you find me the study and/or the questions?
posted by sdis on Jun 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Using Google Talk Android App through Web Browser on PC

Is there a way to use the Google Talk Android App via a web browser on my PC? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on May 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Who taught him to say 'I'm gonna put my evil inside you'?

My parrot needs some new material. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Apr 25, 2012 - 26 answers

Advice on web-streaming a talk

Advice on the one-time web-streaming of a presentation with projected slides. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Now, here's Cat Pie Hurts with the weather

I am the IT Manager for a small public access tv station and I've been roped into doing a segment on our weekly news show and I have absolutely no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Feb 17, 2012 - 29 answers

how to kindly reject the piano teacher

How to talk to my daughter's piano teach about stopping our lesson with her. Truth is, we need a better teacher. But we have used her for about four years. I worry about hurting her feelings by being honest with her. Need help approaching the piano teacher. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Feb 2, 2012 - 13 answers

I don't know how to react to compliments. So how do you do it?

I don't know how to react to compliments. So how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jan 27, 2012 - 22 answers

"give a talk"-style technical interview

There's a computer programming type job I'm going to apply for where the interview process includes a "give a talk to your future team" component. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Good streaming nighttime talk radio?

I subscribe to plenty of podcasts, but sometimes have a hankering for live radio. So I'm looking for some entertaining talk radio to listen to while I fall asleep. Ideally I'd like to find some local (as in not nationally syndicated; specific location isn't important) radio stations that stream call-in talk shows around midnight Eastern time. I realize talk shows skew to the right politically, and I'm OK with thoughtful shows with a conservative bias, but not OK with ultra-right-wing screamers (e.g., Rush Limbaugh and clones). And I'm not too interested in shows that focus solely on politics. [more inside]
posted by nixxon on Sep 25, 2011 - 13 answers

I think I need to communicate, but how?

New guy moving away in a few weeks--how do I tell him what I think? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Sep 6, 2011 - 22 answers

More talk, less GRAR please.

Looking for a talk radio station that won't agitate me to bits, nor put me to sleep. Special snowflake details inside. Would wildly prefer radio as opposed to podcasts, TED talks, etc., as I'm at work, and sometimes I'm in the middle of something and I can't tear myself away to change the podcast, etc. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Aug 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Curated podcast of selected audio ("Best of the week")

I realize there are about 1000 threads on podcast recommendations, but I'm looking for something very specific so I feel justified in starting a new thread. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a podcasts that aggregates audio content from other podcasts into a cherry-picked compilation. The closest I've found is NPR's Most Emailed feed, but I'd also love to hear some content from outside the NPR realm. Basically, I'm thinking of an audio equivalent of Longreads/Send Me a Story.
posted by mkny on Aug 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Giving my 11yo niece the sex talk - what to say?

Suggestions on giving 11.5 yo girl the "sex talk"? snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Jul 16, 2011 - 45 answers

Why are old talk shows never reran on cable?

Why are "classic" daytime talk shows (like Donahue, Geraldo, Sally, etc.) virtually never reran on cable? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jul 3, 2011 - 5 answers

ranting outlets for those on the verge of a nervous breakdown

I'm feeling down, and need to talk to someone, preferably someone non-judgmental and doesn't know me. Any suggestions besides a suicide hotline? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Mar 14, 2011 - 16 answers

I am looking for a ventriloquist's plush toy cat.

I am looking for one of those plush toys that you can put your hand up and make talk, like a ventriloquist's doll. Specificially, I am looking for a cat. Is there a particular brand that caters to such things? Years ago I seem to remember there were places where you could go in, choose the "skin" of the plush toy, then stuff it yourself, name it, that sort of thing.
posted by Sully on Feb 6, 2011 - 11 answers

"Hey, teen. Let's have a rap session."

Please help this repressed (lapsed) Catholic stumble through a sex talk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Forest Gnome Needs Small Talk Skillzz

Conversation starters/small talk suggestions for a forest gnome turned big city Barista? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis on Nov 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Big Ideas Social Club?

I live in Washington, DC, and I'd like to get together with people and talk about interesting ideas, preferably somewhere where networking bullshit is kept to a bare minimum. I don't care what they do for a living or what big ideas they're fluent in, just want them to be interesting. Does this thing exist and, if not, how do I create it? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 29, 2010 - 9 answers

What is the most reliable connector from Yahoo Messenger & MSN Messenger to Google Talk?

I have an Android phone and using Google talk to chat with my friends. I want to connect my Google talk to MSN Messenger and Yahoo. Do you know a good and reliable connector that I can use? I know there are other clients such as Ebuddy/Meebo, but I prefer Gtalk since it is very reliable and I don't want the battery life to suffer by using another app. I did some Google search, many instructions and lists are outdated.
posted by bbxx on Sep 23, 2010 - 4 answers

How do you handle the silent fade away from a person you spoke with for hours a day?

How do you handle the silent fade away from a person you spoke with for hours a day? [more inside]
posted by boostershot on Aug 21, 2010 - 17 answers

Ok with being Mr. Right Now only?

How to you broach the idea of an open relationship, or do you need to bring it up at all in the early stages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Yeah, I know I sound funny!

How can I break up the monotony of first conversations? (+strange accent situation) [more inside]
posted by schmichael on May 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Academic and business styled conversations

Looking to balance differences between academics and business world communication styles? [more inside]
posted by pmononoke1 on Jan 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Meebo and Google Talk

I use Meebo and Google talk is one of my accounts on Meebo. Does Meebo automatically add my contacts (assuming they use Google talk) to my Meebo list? [more inside]
posted by simolean on Dec 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Weasels are not all bad!

Will taking a logic class really help me in talking about things like socieconomic issues that are often emotionally charged? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 25, 2009 - 40 answers

Help me be a good speech-giver tomorrow. Ready -- Go!

Public Speaking Filter: I've been asked to speak in front of a very large group at a public rally tomorrow. I'm excited, but I've never done this before. Help! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Aug 29, 2009 - 29 answers

How can I tell someone they're dressed inappropriately at work?

An intern at work is dressing very inappropriately. Is there any way I can tell her nicely to tone it down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2009 - 45 answers

Help me meet people in Seattle

Where to meet people in Seattle before i start work? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Jun 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Which TED Talk was this?

I'm trying to re-find a TED talk where the presented made many references to the time "3am". This was from a couple of years ago. Does anyone remember which talk this was?
posted by tasty on May 6, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I streamline my phone service so people can get me?

Help me streamline my phone needs. How can Google Talk help me in real life? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Mar 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Best conversation-fodder movies

What are your favorite conversation-fodder movies? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Feb 1, 2009 - 42 answers

Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you.

[How] Should I tell my parents, now I'm a healthy adult, about my longstanding depression? [more inside]
posted by the agents of KAOS on Nov 27, 2008 - 31 answers

I wonder if I can buy a gag in the company colours...

Please help me find the most tactful way to deal with a coworker who never shuts up. Long ranty details follow. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 22, 2008 - 29 answers

What's the best way to react to a socially awkward situation?

What's the best way to react to a socially awkward situation? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Aug 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Talking addict Filter : Help me avoid being "that girl" who talks nonsense

TalkingFilter : How to talk less ?. This goes to all the ones who have considered themselves extravert (verbally extravert, not necessarily always surrounded with large groups) at a certain point, then realized it was more than exhausting : How did it happen ? if it was related to personal issues, was there any key event/epiphany that changed this habbit so hard to quit ? [more inside]
posted by Jireel on May 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Education Blogs.

I'm preparing an exposition (a talk) for a class about blogs in general and their use in education. What should I include on it? Resources and research about the topic would be very helpful. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Apr 25, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I keep a long talk interesting?

I've been invited to speak at an event - for an entire hour. How can I keep the audience awake? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Jan 9, 2008 - 21 answers

The Art Of Conversation

How can I cultivate / find deeper conversations with people? In university it was always easy to find people ready to talk about philosophy, politics, psychology, etc. But now, as I have gotten older and supplanted myself into the corporate world, the art of conversation seems to have been lost. It would appear that most people are resigned to talking about kids, jobs, and pop culture. Am I just in the wrong social circles or does this type of small talk permeate our culture? I long to attend a French salon or dinner party whose primary purpose is the art of conversation. Where can I find groups of people who like engaging, face-to-face conversation? How can I steer people away from talking about what they saw on CNN and towards something with a little more substance?
posted by kaizen on Dec 31, 2007 - 23 answers

Help me do a knock-out research presentation and be a great session moderator!

Help me make my first professional research presentation at a national conference! [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Oct 29, 2007 - 19 answers

Character at a time chatting?

What happened to character-by-character chat? I miss the intimacy, subtle nuances of meaning, and most of all the ability to interrupt one another and complete one another's sentences that was inherent in old-school unix 'talk'. How can I replicate this nowadays? [more inside]
posted by dmd on May 21, 2007 - 21 answers

How can I export my Google Talk "Chats" from Gmail?

How can I export my Google Talk "Chats" from Gmail? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on May 8, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I extend GTalk's idle time?

How can I extend the Google Talk's idle time status change? [more inside]
posted by Leech on Feb 23, 2007 - 6 answers

When function keys go bad

Is it possible to totally or selectively disable keyboard shortcuts in Google Talk? A hyperactive F11 key likes to initiate unwanted voice calls. Irritating!
posted by pullayup on Dec 13, 2006 - 4 answers

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