According to Rob LaZebnik (a writer for The Simpsons) via the Wall Street Journal:
I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but you talk too much. I know you think you don't, but seriously, you do.
I’ll let you decide if you’re guilty of being too chatty (I'm the anecdote queen—working on that, by the way—and the rule applies just as much to men as it does to women), but consider this thought the next time you’re out on the hunt and wondering why your company consists of a watered-down cocktail and mobile device:
Another essential rule is to monitor your audience. Is the guy you're talking to glancing at his cellphone, spinning his Dorito like a paper football or making his tie into a noose? If so, pull the ripcord and ask him if Heineken is his favorite beer, since you've just seen him drain five of them. Watch how relieved he is to have a turn to talk! Talking is a Miguel Cabrera home run. Listening is getting hit in the head by it.
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