Years ago, I went for a coffee with my friend Elsa, and she invited a friend, Laura. The moment Elsa went to the ladies room, Laura and I had a conversation, which ended up being full of awkward silences.
This probably happened because we were both shy.
If you’re anything like me, you might have experienced awkward situations in which you were in front of someone, probably a new acquaintance, and both of you had no clue what to say.
What follows are some great conversation starters I put together for myself to prevent uncomfortable situations. These all help me avoid awkward silences, like the ones I experienced years ago with Laura, and to have pleasant interactions.
Making sound agreements makes your life easier -
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One of the complaints I often hear is this: “So-and-so does not respond to my emails.” My question back is, “What is your agreement with So-and-so about responding to emails?” Invariably I’m told that there is no agreement in place.
As much as one might assume that people should respond to emails in a timely manner, that doesn’t mean that they will. . . unless there is an agreement in place. If not, then your options are to complain, hope the person gets the hint, nag him or try to work around the unworkable situation.
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