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Sirtalksalot (by #22 [MO]) Jan 20, 2019 3:49 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by NE [PA]) Jan 20, 2019 3:53 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jan 20, 2019 4:04 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by Busy [WI]) Jan 20, 2019 4:13 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by Ken [NY]) Jan 20, 2019 4:27 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 20, 2019 5:32 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 20, 2019 11:53 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by WMH [NC]) Jan 21, 2019 5:54 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 21, 2019 8:08 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by NE [PA]) Jan 21, 2019 8:17 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by S i d [MO]) Jan 21, 2019 10:30 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by Tom [FL]) Jan 21, 2019 10:31 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by NE [PA]) Jan 21, 2019 10:41 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jan 21, 2019 12:51 PM
       Sirtalksalot (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 22, 2019 8:59 AM
       Sirtalksalot (by Busy [WI]) Jan 22, 2019 9:50 AM

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Sirtalksalot (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 3:49 PM

Sir Mix A Lot's brother, Sirtalksalot, is a sub that works for me.

The guy is very knowledgeable. His output could be better, but at the end of the day, the guy is loyal and shows up every day and does pretty much any work I ask of him.

The insane downside:

The guy is always calling and trying to extend conversations. I can't call and say, go get some 2x4's and end the call with the guy - he keeps talking. When I say I gotta go, he strings along more. Each call usually takes 3-5 I gotta go's.

The dude has called me 5 times in the last 2 days. I've told the guy, I don't have much time to shoot the breeze and that hasn't slowed him down. I don't often deal with people like this...

Can anyone share some successes on dealing with these types?

Sirtalksalot (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 3:53 PM

Text only. When he calls don't answer and text him back in a few minutes and tell him your in the middle of something and ask what he needs.

Sirtalksalot (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 4:04 PM

I second what NE says.

This is the main reason that Text or email is my preferred method of communication. --70.178.x.xx

Sirtalksalot (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 4:13 PM

Say I gotta go. Bye.


Sirtalksalot (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 4:27 PM

Text or simply hang up on him,i would hang up on him and if anyone thinks it is rude I don't care,if he is working for me I bought his time so when I am done the conversation ends.I think he has a psychological problem,he is not comfortable with his life and as a result he cant handle silence because it makes him think about his problems in his life.Does he always have a radio going?

Sirtalksalot (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 5:32 PM

He has no one else that will/can talk to him as an adult probably. Ask him if he can call you back at the end of the day and you can chat then and then do it because he sounds like he is worth it.It seems like he wants to tell you something and he has to work up to it.

Sirtalksalot (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 11:53 PM


You're just a nice guy and he likes you!


I think cellphones need a button that you can sneakily press while it's in your pocket that makes your phone ring. "It's Wifey - gotta take this one!"

Or if you wear a bluetooth earbud fake an incoming call.


Sirtalksalot (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 5:54 AM

We have one like that, but worse, he's not knowledgeable and not a hard worker either LOL! We don't use him much any more, just for heavy lifting when necessary.

Sirtalksalot (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 8:08 AM


When our SirTalksALot moved away, local vendors such as the HVAC or plumbing supplyhouse and the hardware store (Remember those?!) finally told me he would sit at their counters for an hour each visit.

"Now that he's gone I think I should tell you he would sit here forever..." Why didn't you tell me when it was happening!!

I paid a lot of money for him to visit with these guys.

And disappointed the suppliers didn't give me a heads up.


Sirtalksalot (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 8:17 AM

This is similar to a guy I use now for some things. He will call randomly if he hasn't worked for me in a while and want to shoot the sh%t. He always wants to know all the places I've looked at, what I'm buying, what I got it for, if I'm keeping it or renting it. What I'm renting it for or selling it for. Now I just feed him a line. Way too nosy for my liking.

Now I tell him things like how I haven't been able to afford anything since the last bill I got from him and how I've been eating peanut butter and jelly since then.

We get a laugh, he gets his fix and I get off the phone.


He's there when I need him and he's fair. He's not over the top with the calls, so I do answer. I just don't divulge the info he's looking for.

Sirtalksalot (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 10:30 AM

Another vote for text only. It takes more work to text, although with voice to text you could end up getting huge texts.

In the end, to be unclear is to be unkind. If switching to text doesn't help, I'd sit him down sometime and say something like this:

"Mr. Talks... I appreciate your work and desire to communicate so we're both on the same page. The last 10 times we've talked, it's taken me 15 minutes to discuss something that only takes me about 1-2 minutes to discuss with anyone else. This is killing our project schedule. We have to keep these discussions, short, to-the-point, and on track. I don't want to seem rude or uncaring if you have a question that needs to be cleared up, but once I say 'I've got to go' please respect that I have something else that really does need my attention. Thanks."

But that could make him PO'd, then you have to go find someone else, and will that person be better or worse? *shrugs

Ultimately, this chatter may end up being the 'price' you pay. Every person has at least one quirk that will impact your business: some talk, some goof off, some do shoddy work, some don't return calls, etc.

Sirtalksalot (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 10:31 AM

Text him your work order.

Text him any follow-up...

In person when you need to go, get going you have people to see places to be, BYE, BYE, BYE!!! --99.56.xx.xx

Sirtalksalot (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 10:41 AM

Hello? yes, this is #22. Oh hey! How ya doing sir talks a lot? What's that, I didn't hear you? You're breaking up. Hello? Hello? Crap, I lost ya. Click.

Sirtalksalot (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 12:51 PM

Suggest he get an assistant

Sirtalksalot (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2019 8:59 AM

Kinda sounds like he's on the "spectrum" for autism - Asperger's comes to mind. They don't take verbal or body language cues. I have a few of them in my life - and I often cheerfully interrupt them mid-stream and walk off or hang up.

That doesn't bother them at all, they still like talking to me (or anyone who will listen).

I had a tenant who kept telling me about his child having been identified as Asperger's, and how she never knew when to shut up - but he was actually worse than she was! LOL.

Sirtalksalot (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2019 9:50 AM

Wilma, I think you are on the right track.

And, sometimes, they appreciate the help. (With stopping the talking.)

As long as #22 continues to hire him, he will not be offended ( in my own talks-a-lot perspective.)

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