Picture the following scenarios if you will.
#1 - You are in a meeting at work. The last 90 minutes have crept by at an excruciatingly slow pace. The person leading the latest productivity improvement initiative has droned on endlessly for the last 30 minutes without stopping to take a breath. You think a self-inflicted ice pick to the eye is the only way out.
#2 - You are out to dinner with a group of people you don't know very well. You tried but could not get out of it. The polite small talk begins. You scramble about wildly trying to think of things to say. You smile, nod, agree, smile some more. Your lips begin to stick to your teeth from all the smiling. The conversation is unceasing.
#3 - You enter the grocery store only to be stopped by "checkpoint charlie" - the designated greeter. He asks about your day. He tells you about his. He introduces you to the greeter-in- training he has with him. He tells you a joke the lady who just came in told him. If he doesn't leave you alone someone will be calling 9-1-1.
What to do in these situations? Fear NOT. I have the answer.
I received them as a gift exactly one year ago today. They come 25 to a pack. This is my last one. I share it with you in the event you may need to order (or make) your own. Simply walk up to the offending agent, hand them one, and walk away.
They may also be slid face down across a table so that the intended target is the only one who can read it. They are 99% effective and no introvert should leave home without them. They may be used at home as well.
They are semi-effective with husbands. Totally useless with cats.