HOW TO MAKE MY BOSS THINK I CARE ABOUT HIS PAINFULLY MUNDANE STORY

a workplace skill-- it's transferable!
  1. fake laughter
    haha! can I go back to my desk now?
  2. repeat the last thing he said
    him: "and it was great!" me: "it sounds great."
  3. a lot of nodding
    uh huh. yep. (what should I get for lunch?) uh huh. wow. uh huh.
  4. the right amount of eye contact
    not too much, or else he may never stop talking
  5. a well-placed, carefully-constructed question
    "where is so-and-so from?" (it's a one-word answer...right?)
  6. unquestioning agreement
    exactly. so true. you're right. (not trying to extend this into a debate)
  7. change the subject
    preferably to something work-related. hello? not here to hang