Winter brings an avalanche of year-end celebrations. Party season is at an all-time high, and, whether you're schmoozing with co-workers or mingling at a friend's holiday celebration, you become a pro at small talk.
"Can you believe it's almost New Year's already?"
"Is it just me or has it been colder than usual?"
"What do you do for a living?"
And then you're stuck listening to some workplace story that will make you wish the eggnog were stronger.