Don’t get him wrong. Regis Philbin clearly loves his family-wife Joy and daughters Joanna and Jennifer. But if we’re talking lifelines–as in whom Philbin would phone for help if he were a contestant on his own top-rated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? show–he readily admits he wouldn’t even consider calling home. “I mean, relatives are nice and everything,” he says with the sarcastic playfulness that has endeared him to fans of Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee. “But they aren’t necessarily the last word.”
Philbin says he would pick a pool including Michael Gelman (the executive producer of Live! who, says Reege, “keeps telling me he knows so much”) …
We’ve all been cornered by nonstop gabbers. Why they do it, how escape them, and what to do if the motormouth is you.
I’M AT THE ANNUAL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER for Bishop McGann Mercy High School, and everyone, it seems, is having a great time. Everyone but me. lithe problem? That mouth. For what seems like an eternity, it hasn’t stopped jabbering.
“What do you do?” I innocently asked a mother I had never met before. Half an hour later, I am drowning in a flood of words: She’s told me about her job, her hobbies, her interests, her children–and she’s still talking. At first, I pretended to be interested. I nodded. I agreed. I tried to join in. Now, with glazed eyes and frayed nerves, I’ve stopped listening altogether.
She, of course, hasn’t even noticed. She just keeps prattling on.
NO DOUBT, YOU’VE BEEN THE VICTIM OF A chatterbox or two. With an endless supply of words, she may hold you hostage on the phone or trap you in a corner at a cocktail party. And though she may be perfectly nice, she seems clueless about the difference between a monologue and a dialogue. Maybe the chatterbox you know is your cousin. Maybe she’s your next-door neighbor. Or maybe … she’s you.
“Talking too much is like having bad breath,” says Sherry Lehman, a family therapist at Kindred Sacramento. “It turns people off, but they are too scared to tell you you have it.” That said, there are no simple rules for saying how much is too much. Talk tolerance varies widely; some busy people today think any attempt at a conversation is an imposition. (One study found that doctors usually don’t allow patients to talk longer than 18 seconds before they interrupt.) Still, true blabbers always run the risk of not being taken seriously–or worse. Here, some of the most common types you’re likely to encounter(*): Continue reading “Avoid The Talkers”