Avoid People You Don’t Want to Talk To
No matter how friendly you are, there are times when you have to avoid people you don’t want to talk to.
It might be you are tired of focusing on a particular topic or you’re just plain worn out after a long day, but you cannot guarantee everyone will be willing to give you the space you are needing.
Of course, there are also times when you flat out don’t want to hear what someone has to say – how do you keep from communicating with them and not come across as rude (assuming you don’t want to)?
This can be tricky, as you must know how to shed the people whom you have no intention of speaking with while keeping those bridges you want to maintain from burning. Here are three situations to consider:
Over the Phone
With the advent of Caller ID, society has moved into an era when calls can be screened without a second thought – check your phone and simply silence it, right? Yes and no. Though it’s a good way to take a couple days away, assuming you haven’t shut it down altogether, in the end it’s only a temporary fix.
If it’s someone you would like to keep in touch with, send a brief text message to indicate you are looking for a rest from all the beeping and buzzing but will get back with them in a few days – possibly via email, if you have an address for them.
On the other hand, if you’d rather sever the connection, give the caller a few days to get the hint. If they persist, answer and politely explain that you are unable to offer your time to them presently.
At a Large Gathering
The benefits of being in a sizable crowd is very easy to figure out: you are afforded the cover of the group. If you are able to spot the individual you are hoping to avoid, you can move about and stay out of sight – much like an expert pickpocket slipping through a room unnoticed while lifting the host’s wallet from his coat.
The downside? You will always be looking around for the person you are attempting to escape, which means your ability to enjoy the party will be dampened significantly.
At an Intimate Party
Try as you might, sometimes you are unable to stay away from small engagements that include the individual you are shying away from. The key, in these situations, is to have meaningful conversations with as many of the other attendees at the gathering as you can.
If you are constantly talking with someone else, the other person would look rude interrupting, you know? Though this may not determine the most stubborn of pursuers, you can be gracious in turning them away – like, say, telling them there is something private you have to finish discussing and offering to join them later.
What happens if you get cornered? Well, the solution is actually pretty easy: listen intently for several minutes, then excuse yourself to the restroom. Still being followed around?
Tell the person you feel as though you are monopolizing them and introduce other partygoers before stepping away to talk with someone else.
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