(Closed) Do you ever hop into other people's conversations?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

i totally jump in the conversation at work if its people i’m friendly with. 

with strangers, my rule of thumb is if its something that would screw up their day (like the tourist example or if i’m in court and a new attorney seems clueless) than i jump in. otherwise, like you said, they can just whip out their phone to find out the info if its that important to them (like the S.A.D. example).

Post # 18
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6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

If the people are strangers, and I see them puzzled/clueless looking around or if they are lost they either can ask me or I help them. If it’s anything else, I let them figure it out. I am really good at blocking people’s conversation while I do work or am at the store, restaurant, etc. If I am around family or friends, I don’t mind jumping in 😉

Post # 20
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4857 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I will if I think I’m being helpful and it’s an obviously public situation. I wouldn’t like,go over to someone’s table at a restaurant and be like “narcolepsy” or anything… 

Post # 21
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1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I generally don’t.  I don’t like when other people butt into my conversations, so I don’t do it to other.  But if someone needs directions, I will offer them.

Post # 22
Hostess
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Never for strangers, only for people I know.

Post # 24
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1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I don’t mind sharing helpful information like directions when someone is clearly lost. Random facts though, not so much. I try to avoid coming off like a know-it-all. 

Post # 25
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10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If it’s something that would be practically helpful, like the White House one, I will.  Other times, it depends on my mood, the people, the surroundings, etc.  It’s not very often that I will, but it has happened.

I’ve had it happen to me at Costco, I was with Darling Husband asking what pens to get an a couple was behind us.  One of them spoke up and his partner looked kind of embarrassed.  He was totally right though, I’m happy with the pens, they don’t smudge but they work on things like greeting cards.  I’m glad he spoke up!

Post # 26
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4857 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

iarebridezilla:  go over to someones table in a restaurant? Really? Lol no way. 

Post # 28
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4857 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

iarebridezilla:  haha too funny. I have that impulse  too but I’m generally too shy to say anything. In my head though I’m like ITS NARCOLEPSY DAMN IT!!!! AUUUGHHHHH!!!! 

Post # 29
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It depends on the context. If they’re wondering about directions to a place, such as your White House example, then I tend to say, “I couldn’t help but overhear..” or “Sorry for the intrusion…” and then I point them in the right direction.

If I think I might be helping them by butting in, I do. If not, then I mind my own business.

Now, if it’s a setting or occasion where people are supposed to mingle and talk (like a wedding), that’s different. I’ll generally say something and then introduce myself.

Post # 30
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee

iarebridezilla:  Like just about everyone else, I’d immediately jump in if I could help someone with a logistical thing (“the stop you need is over there!”), while apologizing for having overheard the conversation.  Sometimes when I am overseas and in restaurants or businesses where there is an obvious language barrier problem, I’ll offer to translate, assuming it’s a situation where I know both languages (someone did this for me on my very first day overseas and I hold them in my heart forever, because I was about to lose it). 

When I am at a site/museum/whatever that I have written or presented about, I will, from time to time, offer up information if I overhear people who seem to be genuinely confused about what they are seeing and give the sense that they’d be open to a quick, friendly explanation.  However, I never interrupt to correct anyone (professional tour guide or not), although sometimes I have to walk to a different part of the site in order to prevent myself from correcting someone who is demonstrably wrong. 

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