At a loss for words? There’s help for that.

There's No I In OfficeI recently read an insightfully funny book, “There’s No I in Office”, a compendium of 4,293 phrases to use in conversations with your co-workers.  Television writers Jacob Lentz and Paul Koehorst recognized the need for a guidebook to help cubicle denizens navigate the risky waters of office small-talk, where avoidance will likely get you labeled as anti-social and saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time may earn you an even worse title: anti-employed!

As a writer, I recognized another good use for the book: dialogue starter ideas.  Do you have a lumberjack character?  The book has a page of witticisms like “I love these plaid shirts” that are sure to get you thinking of other dialogue to build around it.  Got a character that’s a U.N. translator?  An entire scene could be crafted from a starter phrase like “What’s your favorite foreign swear word?”  The list of professions for which the authors have drafted entries is itself a gold mine of ideas.  Need to flesh out a character with an interesting career choice in their past?  I can just about guarantee you’ll find a gem or two.

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  1. Ya know I didn’t have a lumberjack character but now I think I need one.

  2. I might hand this out as Christmas gifts to my cube mates. Now… if I could get them to discuss only what’s in the book – our office would be a really fun place to work!