Tricks of the Trade has posted a hack on how to avoid getting into endlessly long conversation with colleague when you must talk to them:

… Open up your cellphone, and approach their cubicle. Say into the phone, “hold on one second.” Then tell your talkative friend exactly what you need to tell them. They feel important because you interrupted your other conversation, but then you can motion to the phone to disengage them from any further small talk…

Tricks of the Trade: Corporate Worker

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