Thanksgiving Conversation Stoppers

by Betty Lochner on November 19, 2012



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If your Thanksgiving family get together isn’t entertaining enough already, here are a few ideas to have some fun and get the conversation going – or quite possibly – stopped.

1) Fill up your plate, and then take it to the kitchen. Toss all of the food into the blender, then take your “shake” back to the table. Announce to everyone that it’s the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake.  See how the conversation goes, or doesn’t go, from there.

2) When everyone goes around the table to share what they are thankful for, say, “I’m thankful I didn’t get caught” and refuse to say anything more.  The non-verbal behavior around the room will certainly be worth checking out.

3) Put black olives on all of your fingers just before you pass the dishes. Keep them on while you eat, and don’t crack a smile or miss a beat.

4) Bring along an old recorded football game, pop it into the DVD player when dad’s not looking. Make sure it is set to the last two minutes of a really good game. When he comes into the room, turn off the VCR and turn on the regular TV. See how that conversation from dad goes.

5) Bring a date that only talks about the tragic and abusive conditions known to exist at turkey farms. That’s always a good way to stop a good conversation – or meal for that matter.

6) During mid-meal turn to the hostess and say, “See mom, I told you they wouldn’t notice that the turkey was past expiration date. You were worried for nothing.”

7) For those that want to say things that you can’t get away with in front of your mom or other loved ones at any other time:

  • When you first see the turkey, shout “talk about a huge breast!”
  • When it’s time for dessert, exclaim “it’s cool whip time!”

And, if none of these ideas work to spice things up, you can always put a turkey on your head.  Really – check out this 1 minute video:

Monica’s Turkey Head

Yep.  Good times!  Happy Thanksgiving!



Betty Lochner, Cornerstone Coaching & TrainingBetty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings, please visit my website:

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine Morris December 30, 2010 at 4:55 am

Very cute! I could have used these for thanksgiving!

2 Norma Maxwell December 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

This is a new side of you, Betty! At least from my pov thus far. Very funny…love it! Thanks for the laugh 🙂 ~Norma

3 Kimberly November 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

This was hilarious! I love the one about “glad I didn’t get caught.” That one would have been useful at Thanksgiving. There’s always next year 🙂

4 Diane November 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Thank you for the great big laugh. I really needed it. I have a cousin who would probably dare to use some of these conversation stoppers. Ha, ha. Happy Thanksgiving

5 Ro Lashua November 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Wow, those are some drastic conversation stoppers. I think conversation is good unless it gets into arguments. Then perhaps the conversation nees to be changed. Perhaps then these conversation stoppers would be needed.

As a ‘communicator’ – I am usually open to most communications!

Ro Lashua, DTM
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Florida Speakers Guild

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