Last Updated Mar 16, 2010 1:28 PM EDT
We all dread these awful encounters. Topics usually covered include the following.
- Their preposterous views on: nitwit bosses, American Idol contestants, yoga instructors, Sarah Palin, and simple fixes for global warming.
- Their petty annoyances with: clueless spouses, undeserving Academy Award winners, temperamental garage door openers, lavish salaries earned by postal carriers, and the new pain in some body part suffered upon awakening this morning.
- Their obsessive and somewhat disturbing hobbies including: HO gauge model trains, ballroom dancing, Victorian tea parties, collections of Naziana and converting PCs into fish tanks.
Jodi Glickman Brown -- who I'm sure is a stunning conversationalist -- offers up a three-step process in her unlikely post on HBR.org, Exiting a Conversation Gracefully. She summarizes:
- Start with "Thank you."
- Discover a spontaneous transition.
- Suggest forward momentum or a consolation prize.
"Thanks so much, what an interesting perspective. Unfortunately, I'd better get going, but I will definitely tell my father in law about the exhibit, he's an avid history buff. Thanks again."I think we can do better. Share with us your technique for delivering the 'K Bye.