How to Get a Chatty Cathy to Be Quiet, Already

Because some people just go on and on...

Have you ever been trapped in a conversation? When a simple hello becomes a 10-minute monologue and “please stop talking,” becomes your inner mantra? On this week’s episode of “I Want to Like You,” Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and bestselling author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, and Lisa Gaché, founder and CEO of Beverly Hills Manners, join Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop to help you figure how to put the kibosh on a Chatty Cathy.

Tannen, an expert on how everyday conversations affect relationships, explains why some people feel comfortable about talking non-stop (hint: it can vary according to your cultural background or regional upbringing). Gaché talks about how social media and reality TV have transformed the cultural landscape and offers advice on how to carefully convey that someone’s over sharing. To hear their advice (and Ogtrop’s anecdotes about being quite a talkative mother), listen to the full episode below–and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes.