Personal blog of Travis Spomer.
I find that hardly ever works, especially if the person in question is that oblivious. Sometimes being a lot more direct is what it takes.
Looking deeply into one's eyes mentally screaming "I HATE YOU" just looks like you are intently listening.
Yeah - keeping eye contact really does give people the impression you are listening. Now, if you look the other way and mutter "uh-huh" over and over again, they sometimes get it. Or if while you are looking at them, if you get a more angry look on your face - that works great! I have one look that I get which says "LEAVE ME ALONE!", but than again, I think I developed that naturally growing up where I did.
I tried the "looking around the room" and just saying "right" every thirty seconds, but that didn't work. All I had to say was "I need to get back to work" but I couldn't really get a word in without interrupting.
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