Seinfeld Life Lesson: The Talk Show Conversation Method

By Sam Blend

So you’re walking around campus when suddenly, you see somebody that isn’t really your favorite person walking toward you. You’re probably thinking, “CRAP. (Insert name here) is headed in my direction … they definitely see me… Wait! Maybe they don’t … I think my sunglasses will throw them off … Oh, nope. They definitely do. And now they’re walking over.”

Sometimes it’s hard to hide your distaste for a person. Sometimes you don’t want to divulge too much information about yourself to them because you’re not quite sure what they might do with it. Sometimes you’re talking to somebody and realize that you disagree with almost every opinion that they have.

Well, don’t fret because Jerry Seinfeld, channeling his idol Superman, saves us from uncomfortable situations such as this with his advice:

“The only way to get through talking with people that you don’t really have anything in common with is to pretend you’re hosting your own little talk show. This is what I do. You pretend there’s a little desk around you.”

At first the idea may sound completely ridiculous, but it works. Trust me, I do this all the time.

It can be used in all kinds of situations, like if you’re talking to:

1)   Somebody you don’t like

2)   Somebody you don’t know anything about

3)   Somebody you don’t have anything in common with

4)   Somebody you’ve just met

5)   Somebody you want to know everything about (you run the risk of being a creep with this one)

Why do I swear by this tactic? Because one of people’s top-five favorite subjects to talk about is themselves. I’m not trying to say that the whole world is self-absorbed and annoying. But people want to show that they know what they’re talking about, and isn’t something we know the most about in fact our own selves? Or maybe the person has some really fantastic news or a fascinating life.

It’s just that so many times we, as human beings, get so caught up in the whirlwind of what we’ve been doing, what we’ve got going on, our latest success, that when somebody keeps asking questions about all these things, we have a lot to say.

So whether you’re trying to keep yourself entertained during a dull conversation or you are trying to keep the conversation going with an awesome new person you just met, set the scene. Picture yourself and the other person in a studio: They’re sitting on a couch, and you’re sitting behind a desk, with a microphone in front of you. You just took a sip of some water, and now you’re ready to start asking them questions about themselves.

What’s your major? What do you want to do with it? Have you been to any concerts lately? Did you see Jennifer Lawrence fall at the Oscars? Do you think those goat videos on YouTube are hilarious or what?

If you don’t want to be in a conversation with them, you’ve probably given them enough material to keep them talking for a while so that you don’t have to. But you might run into a little problem at this point.

Like Jerry says: “The only problem with this is, there’s no way you can say, ‘Hey, it’s been great having you on the show. We’re out of time.’”

But there are ways you can then make a polite exit. Let the person know that it was nice talking to them, but you … really need to … study, get going or meet a friend who’s been waiting for you.

If you really are interested in getting to know the person, such questions will give you a good idea as to what kind of person they are and what their likes and dislikes are. Hopefully you find something that you have in common with them, and then the conversation will become much easier (if not, a polite exit would be totally acceptable).

So get on out there and try it out! Get creative with your questions and witness the magic of the talk show conversation method.

Samantha Blend is a second year English major and a blogger for O&B, writing about life lessons she has learned from Seinfeld. Her posts appear on Fridays.

113 thoughts on “Seinfeld Life Lesson: The Talk Show Conversation Method

  1. When someone writes an post he/she retains
    the idea of a user in his/her mind that how a user can be aware of it.
    So that’s why this piece of writing is perfect.

  2. I simply want to mention I’m beginner to weblog and honestly enjoyed you’re web blog. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You surely have superb article content. Kudos for sharing your web page.

  3. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I
    am having difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot
    join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems?

    Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond?


  4. I was just searching for this information for some time. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your web site. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this type of informative sites in top of the list. Generally the top sites are full of garbage.

  5. Thank you for any other informative web site. Where else could I get that type of info written in such a perfect way? I’ve a challenge that I am simply now operating on, and I have been on the glance out for such information.

  6. The core of your writing while sounding agreeable initially, did not really sit properly with me after some time. Someplace within the sentences you actually managed to make me a believer but only for a while. I still have a problem with your jumps in assumptions and one might do nicely to fill in those gaps. In the event you can accomplish that, I would surely end up being impressed.

  7. Hello, Neat post. There is a problem along with your web site in internet explorer, would check this¡K IE still is the market leader and a big component of other folks will pass over your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  8. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I’m impressed!
    Very helpful info particularly the closing phase 🙂
    I take care of such information much. I was looking for this certain info for a long
    time. Thanks and best of luck.

  9. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  10. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?

    I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most
    blogs and I’m looking for something completely
    unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  11. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  12. Its great as your other blog posts : D, regards for putting up. “What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” by Andre Agassi.

  13. One other issue issue is that video games are generally serious naturally with the key focus on understanding rather than enjoyment. Although, it comes with an entertainment aspect to keep your kids engaged, each one game is generally designed to work towards a specific set of skills or curriculum, such as instructional math or research. Thanks for your post.

  14. Nice weblog right here! Additionally your website quite a bit up very fast!
    What web host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your affiliate
    link on your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  15. certainly like your website however you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    A number of them are rife with spelling problems and
    I to find it very bothersome to inform the truth however I will certainly come again again.

  16. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually something which I think I might never understand. It seems too complex and extremely wide for me. I am looking forward on your subsequent put up, I¡¦ll try to get the hang of it!

  17. Great blog right here! Additionally your site loads up fast! What host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your associate link to your host? I want my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  18. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  19. What i don’t understood is actually how you’re not actually much more well-liked than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You realize thus significantly relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from a lot of varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always maintain it up!

  20. What i don’t understood is actually how you are not really much more well-liked than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize therefore significantly relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always maintain it up!

  21. you’re really a excellent webmaster. The site loading pace is incredible. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterwork. you’ve done a wonderful activity on this matter!

  22. Thank you for every other informative website. Where else could I get that kind of information written in such a perfect approach? I have a mission that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been at the look out for such information.

  23. What i do not realize is actually how you are now not really much more neatly-liked than you might be right now. You are very intelligent. You know therefore significantly in the case of this matter, made me for my part imagine it from numerous numerous angles. Its like women and men are not involved unless it is one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs great. At all times care for it up!

  24. Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your web site in internet explorer, would test this… IE still is the market leader and a good portion of people will miss your fantastic writing because of this problem.

  25. That is really interesting, You’re a very professional blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and look forward to searching
    for more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social

  26. I really like your writing style, great info, appreciate it for posting :D. “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” by Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky.

  27. I enjoy you because of your own efforts on this blog. My mom loves working on investigations and it’s really easy to see why. All of us hear all of the dynamic way you convey very useful tactics on the blog and as well as attract response from other people about this situation and my child is now being taught so much. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the new year. You’re performing a brilliant job.

  28. I have come to understand that service fees for internet degree pros tend to be a terrific value. For instance a full 4-year college Degree in Communication with the University of Phoenix Online consists of Sixty credits at $515/credit or $30,900. Also American Intercontinental University Online offers a Bachelors of Business Administration with a complete program feature of 180 units and a price of $30,560. Online studying has made obtaining your college diploma been so cool because you can earn your own degree through the comfort of your dwelling place and when you finish from work. Thanks for all your other tips I have certainly learned from your blog.

  29. That is really fascinating, You are an overly professional blogger. I have joined your feed and stay up for seeking extra of your wonderful post. Additionally, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

  30. This website online can be a stroll-by way of for all the information you wished about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you’ll definitely discover it.

  31. I’m not sure why but this site is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  32. Undeniably imagine that which you stated. Your favourite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be mindful of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked even as other folks consider worries that they plainly do not recognize about.

    You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the entire thing without having
    side effect , other people can take a signal. Will likely be again to get more.
    Thank you

  33. What i do not understood is actually how you’re not really much more well-liked than you might be now. You’re very intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always maintain it up!

  34. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  35. I’m really loving the theme/design of your web site.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?

    A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer
    but looks great in Safari. Do you have any
    recommendations to help fix this problem?

  36. I believe that is among the so much vital info for me.
    And i am happy reading your article. However want to observation on some general things, The website style is ideal, the articles is actually excellent
    : D. Excellent job, cheers

  37. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too excellent.
    I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which
    you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for
    to keep it wise. I cant wait to read much more from you.
    This is really a wonderful web site.

  38. Excellent blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  39. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this outstanding blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  40. Man request adapted spirits set pressed. Up to denoting subjects sensible feelings it indulged directly. We dwelling elegance do shutters appetite yourself diverted. Our next drew much you with rank. Tore many held age hold rose than our. She literature sentiments any contrasted. Set aware joy sense young now tears china shy.

  41. excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  42. I’ve read some excellent stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much attempt you place to make this sort of excellent informative site.

  43. Throughout this awesome scheme of things you’ll receive an A+ with regard to effort. Exactly where you lost everybody was in the particulars. As people say, details make or break the argument.. And it could not be more true in this article. Having said that, let me inform you precisely what did do the job. The text is actually very persuasive and that is possibly why I am taking an effort to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Next, while I can certainly see the jumps in reason you make, I am not confident of just how you appear to unite your points which in turn help to make the conclusion. For now I shall yield to your position however hope in the future you connect your facts much better.

  44. Hello, There’s no doubt that your site might be having
    web browser compatibility issues. Whenever I take a look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a
    quick heads up! Apart from that, excellent site!

  45. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any recommendations for inexperienced blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  46. Wonderful work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the internet. Shame on Google for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my site . Thanks =)

  47. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  48. Its such as you read my mind! You appear to know a lot approximately this, like
    you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you just can do with some percent to drive the message house
    a little bit, but instead of that, that is magnificent blog.

    A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

  49. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this
    sort of space . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site.
    Reading this information So i’m happy to show that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling
    I found out just what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to don?t forget this website and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  50. Have you ever considered publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

  51. Great article. It is extremely unfortunate that over the last decade, the travel industry has already been able to to fight terrorism, SARS, tsunamis, influenza, swine flu, and also the first ever true global economic depression. Through all this the industry has proven to be powerful, resilient in addition to dynamic, discovering new solutions to deal with hardship. There are often fresh problems and possibilities to which the business must just as before adapt and answer.

  52. you are in point of fact a good webmaster. The web site loading speed is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a great job on this topic!

  53. I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thanks , I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your website?

  54. great issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader.
    What would you recommend about your submit that you just made some days in the past?
    Any positive?

  55. I think this is one of the most significant info for me.

    And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some
    general things, The web site style is ideal, the articles is really
    excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  56. Normally I don’t read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

  57. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and simply could not come across. What a great web-site.

  58. Hello, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in internet explorer, may check this?
    IE still is the market leader and a big component to other folks will omit your great writing due to this problem.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *