January 6, 2013
When you're having a conversation with someone, and the other person is telling a story that doesn't need your input, so basically it's his "turn" to talk, please refrain from breaking up the flow of his narrative with rapid-fire "Yeah, yeah, yeah, right, right" and "Sure, right, yeah" and "Okay" and "Mm-hmm, mm-hmm, mm-hmm" and other similar utterances. Let him just talk. You're contributing nothing to the exchange. It doesn't make you sound like you're really listening. It makes you sound like you can't wait for him to shut the fuck up so you can launch into your own "turn".