Last week you learned why you might find it hard to leave a conversation (if you missed it, read part one here). This revolved around your false assumptions about how the other person might feel. Hopefully, I have convinced you to look at it in a different way. Today, I will share with you the exact steps you need to take to leave a conversation. If you’ve already tried switching the subject to something that you find more interesting, and still no luck, then do the following:
- Wait for a pause in the conversation.
- Give them a big smile
- Say, ‘It was nice speaking with, but…’. And add one of the following:
‘I just saw someone I need to speak with’.
‘I just have to refill my drink’.
‘I must check to see if there is anything interesting at the buffet’.
‘I’m just going to check on my friend’.
‘I need to go over and thank the hostess’.
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what you say. When you are done with the conversation, you can leave. It’s as simple as that.