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Party Chatter

The old saying that you should never discuss politics or religion at parties still holds true. But those aren't the only topics that should be avoided.Social etiquette experts agree that these seven things will bring any party conversation to a screeching halt.
  • A dream
  • The recent changes in your child's nap schedule
  • The route you took to get here and the traffic you experienced
  • An excellent meal you once had at a restaurant
  • The latest additions to your wine cellar
  • An account of your last tennis game
  • The plot of a movie, play or book -- in particular, the funny parts
What do these subjects have in common? The listener has nothing to add. He or she must just hear you describe your experience. So stick to topics that let the other person talk as much as you -- and ask questions, don't just tell stories.

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05/15/2009 5:50AM
Party Chatter
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