6 Smart Techniques To Avoid The Most Awkward Situations

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Every single one of us goes out of our way to try and avoid situations that will leave us red-faced, but the sad truth is that the best laid plans seem to come undone when the awkwardness fairy arrives on the scene. It’s impossible to find a single person that has never had an embarrassing moment in their life, but funnily enough that is actually something that works in your favor when you do have an awkward moment.  Let’s face it, people are much more inclined to not point the finger and laugh when they realize that the next big gaffe could have their name written all over it.


This photo is copyright (c) 2013 http://www.sxc.hu/profile/catalin82 and made available under royalty free license As we said, it’s tough to completely avoid embarrassing situations, but the most common awkward moments can be avoided with a little careful planning and forethought. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to keep yourself out of shame-faced situations.


1)     One of the most common awkward situations arises when you run into someone that you have met a few times, yet you are unable to ever remember their name. When you meet people for the first time, really pay attention to their name and be sure to engage them in conversation several times throughout the night, making sure to use their name each and every time. That repetition will really help you remember.


2)     Honesty really is always the best policy, because when you lie you simply increase the chances of getting caught out. For example, imagine that you have been invited to a party that you’d rather not attend, so you give a feeble, forgettable excuse. Sometime down the road you might very well be talking about what you really did that night, only to be called out on your excuse that you gave.


3)     Paying attention to what you are doing and where you are going is another way to avoid embarrassment. It’s easy to let your mind wander when you are walking down the street or sitting in on an important meeting. You can very quickly be brought back to earth with a red-faced thump when you walk into a stationary object or are called on by the boss to answer a question.


4)     It’s also a good idea to take a moment to think before you speak. Some of the most embarrassing statements ever made have come as a result of people simply blurting something out without using any sort of filter. Excitement can oftentimes make the mouth work faster than the brain, so get in the habit of trying to reverse that trend as doing so will reduce the number of times that you have to remove your foot from your mouth.


5)     Meeting people for the first time can be pretty awkward and you can make that situation even worse if you choose the wrong way to greet them. You may think it perfectly normal to reach out for a hug and a kiss as a way of greeting, but the majority of folks are far more comfortable with something a little less intrusive and personal. A good rule of thumb is to greet new people with a handshake, unless of course they open their arms for a nice embrace.

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6)     Despite your best efforts, awkward, embarrassing situations are going to come around whether you want them to or not. How you deal with them when they do can actually take the sting out of the situation. Instead of retreating inside yourself, embrace the ridiculousness of the situation and laugh along with everyone else. If you don’t make a point of lingering on you mistake, other people will be less inclined to do so too.



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