If you’ve ever been to a professional conference with your spouse and someone has asked you what you do and you’ve answered ‘stay at home mom,’ you’ve also experienced the glazed over look, the speaker staying for a polite 3-4 more sentences and then moving on.
I’m tired of people getting a glazed over look and leaving after a few polite sentences. I want them to leave for more exciting reasons. Or maybe just out of fear.
I’ve come up with a few alternatives:
If you aren’t at a Dental conference, tell people you are a dentist. People will then ask about a tooth. This may freak you out, but all you have to ask is, “Do you floss?” The answer is always no and then you can tell them that there is nothing a dentist will ever be able to do for them again unless they regularly floss.
If you are at a Dental Conference, tell people you’re a lobbyist against fluoridated water. People will still leave, but they’ll leave out of anger.
Another fun response: “I’m thinking of running for President. Hillary Clinton was on the right track but she wore the wrong shoes.” Then ask for a contribution.
“I’m trying to become a dictator of a small country off the coast of Canada.” Then ask for a contribution.
Lean in and very quietly say, “I take care of people” and then wink.
I hope this helps. If nothing else, it will make generally boring conferences at least a little more interesting.