Forget telemarketers—just try cutting off a long-winded relative.
You don’t mean to be rude, but sometimes there are just more important things to do.
Try these strategies for ending a call without hurting anyone’s feelings:
Open your front door and ring the doorbell, thereby alerting your gabby caller that a guest has just arrived.
If things get really desperate, disconnect in the middle of your own sentence. The person on the other end of the line will assume there was a problem with the phone. Leave the phone off the hook for a while in case your talkative relative calls back.