I am learning to be more politically deft in the professional world. I prefer to be plainspoken, but that doesn't necessarily go over well in my work environment.

Care to share how did you respond to someone at work (really), and what did you WANT to say but didn't in a situation that needed to be handled "professionally?"

Example - today a woman stood up in my Q&A session to give a personal screed (with no question) about something vaguely related but completely off topic.

My actual response, "Thank you for sharing. I understand your passion. Unfortunately, it isn't a department or level with which I have any involvement or control."

What I wanted to say, "This isn't your personal soap box. Nobody here wants to hear your off topic, distracting rant. We are going to stick to the topic at hand. Next question?"