A Graceful Exit


In my last blog post, we clearly established that none of you could possibly be a bore with your great conversation skills. Whew!

But whether you wish to exit a conversation because it’s a snoozer or because you want to meet other people at the same event, all conversations must come to an end. Here are a few suggestions for making your exit a graceful one:

The Simple Exit Rich, it was so interesting to hear about the great work you are doing in our schools. I enjoyed talking with you and hope our paths cross again. May I please have your business card? Thank you Rich. Enjoy the rest of the event.

Food & Drink Are Calling Me Jennifer, I have enjoyed our conversation. It was nice meeting you. I’m going to grab a drink and take a look at the appetizers. (PS. I promise you more on drinking and eating while at an event in a later blog.)

Let Someone Else Take a Turn Mary Beth, have you met Susan? Susan is the volunteer coordinator for the local animal rescue agency and she just told me about the series of snakes that have recently been turned over to the agency (Writer’s note: YUCK!). Susan, it was nice talking to you. Good luck with all those snakes. I’ll let you and Mary Beth talk and see you in a bit. This is where Mary Beth demonstrates her excellent conversation skills and picks up on the fascinating, yet creepy, snake story. As the exiting conversationalist, you may need to hang around for a bit before attempting an exit so you don’t appear to be running from Snake Lady.

The Group Fade-Out Often when in a group of three or more, it is easy to excuse yourself from a conversation in a positive manner due to sheer numbers. Still remember to end the exchange on a friendly note, making your exit friendly and warm.

The Dodge and Weave You see her coming down the grocery store aisle. You have no where to turn. She has you in her sight. You’re short on time. Ugh. Honesty is often the best policy here. A friendly hello, how are you, or nice to see you. Maybe a comment to the effect of “It’s hard trying to get all the errands done while the kids are at pre-school, isn’t it?” What if she won’t let you go, insisting on telling you about the HORRIBLE encounter she just had with an old neighbor at Starbucks? Carol, I wish I had more time, but I don’t right now. I’m sorry. I should be home later this afternoon if you’d like to call. We should never be too busy  to by-pass common courtesy.

While all conversations must come to an end, ensure that you end all your conversations on a positive, friendly note. Even that good old handshake (see  previous blog post) is especially appropriate in most business situations. Everyone likes to hear Nice seeing you again. Nice talking to you. It was a pleasure to meet you. Make people feel fabulous as you make your graceful exit!

Mind Your Manners,


1 Comment
  1. Awesome examples! Perhaps you could share them with Pee Wee. I believe he could use some advice in this area!

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