Hey Buddy! Mind Your Beeswax!

Dear Joel,

Why can’t some people take a hint? I know a few people who ask me if I’ve tried something or are planning on doing something and when I say no, they won’t stop telling me why I should or giving me advice. I am trying to be polite by not starting a conversation that won’t end well, but they just won’t stop!


We all know a few people like that. Whether they are well-intended or just know-it-alls, it can be exasperating. Try telling them that you appreciate their knowledge and concern but that you’re just not thinking about that topic right now. Suggest something else. It may not work but at least you’ll be talking about a topic you enjoy.   

Thanks for writing,

  Joel Markel

Write to joel@preferredcares.com. His radio show, “Preferred Company” airs Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on preferredradio.com and 1160 & 1310 WOBM-AM.

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