I find myself on occasion in a conversation with someone who really likes to talk and rarely stops to listen. This lends itself to me listening almost the whole time. Occasionally I have things I want to share but have no opportunity to do so. One family member, in particular, is very challenging for me. They are quite domineering in conversations and tend to do the following things:
- If I have a chance to share a story, he rarely stops to acknowledge my story. Instead he jumps straight to a loosely related story of his own. Usually his story is an attempt to one up my story.
- He rarely asks questions.
- He's quite good at carrying on one-sided conversations about things which I don't have a lot of interest in...guns, Nascar, motocycles (and accessories), cooking, etc. I can show interest and make it through about 5 minutes in these topics before getting left behind in the conversation.
In conversations with people like this, I usually check out of the conversation after a while. I hate doing this because it is disrespectful to them and draining for me. Is there a good way to actively engage in a conversation with someone who is not good at listening or sharing the conversation?