How many times has this happened that you are in the middle of a conversation and suddenly an uncomfortable situation happens? You can reach an awkward silence, or you are not sure of how to answer a question that’s been asked. It gets even more embarrassing when you are not aware of how to tackle such situations.
So, if you have somehow landed in such a case, it is immediately necessary that you break the monotony to exit the awkwardness. How to do so?
Here are 5 ways to escape awkward situations and hold a discussion to last.
- Look Around for Ideas
If you are meeting someone for the very first time, there are high chances that you may lose track of what to talk about after a couple of sentences. After introducing yourself and getting answers to a few general questions, you are not sure how to carry on the discussion further. This can at times lead to awkward silence.
So, what to do in such a situation?
One thing that always works well is to take a glance around the Internet and start discussing the hot topics. This will create a platform for further discussion.
- Initiate the Change of Topic
There can be situations when you have been continuously talking on a topic, and it has become quite monotonous. You and your companion have lost interest in the topic, and this is creating an awkward situation. So, the best thing to do in such a case is to change the topic.
If you keep on stretching on a topic continuously without much of an interest, at some point in time you will not have anything to say and an awkward silence will fill up the environment again. If you do not want such a thing to happen, the best idea is to change the topic as soon as you realize that the current discussion is getting boring.
- Be Diplomatic
Passing negative comments is something that you should always avoid if you wish to have a healthy discussion. Even if you are someone who is considered to be honest, it is not necessary to tell it like it is, even if your opinion on the topic wasn’t requested.
So, if you are someone who cannot fake out things, you can act diplomatically to avoid any awkward situations. For example, if you think that the green colour is not suitable for the person, in place of saying this upfront, you can rather compliment that,’ orange color will definitely look great on you’.
- Learn to Compromise and Adjust
In any kind of partnership understanding and adjustment are very important. If the person you are talking to is knowledgeable, and you have a lot to learn from him or her, you need to learn to ignore his or her negative attitudes. For example, according to the opinion of Placetochat users, if the person has a habit of bragging a bit, but the person is also offering you some really interesting information and skills, the best idea here is to compromise a bit and adjust so that you can absorb the good.
- Go with the Flow
Sometimes people tend to prejudice and make a solid image of the person even before starting the communication. But this first impression may be false. So, when you are having a conversation with someone for the very first time, you should keep your mind blank to create a perspective about him or her by yourself.
Be with the flow of conversation that is happening — you never know if you may start enjoying it, and your idea about the person may ultimately change.
There are so many times when we judge someone based on what others have said and when we find out the truth, we land up in an awkward situation. If you wish to stay away from such a trap, firstly try to flow in the conversation and then judge the person all by yourself.
Starting a discussion is a difficult task but holding onto it is even more difficult at times. If you have a habit of landing into some awkward situations during a conversation, try out the above-mentioned ideas and see if these work for you or not.
If you’re open to the world of communication and are ready to find new acquaintances, Placetochat is always there to assist!