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Gracefully Exiting a Conversation Part 2

Eric Byrd March 2, 2020 1722

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How do we manage conversations with “sticky” people who just won’t stop talking to you?

Episode 014: Sometimes when you are out doing your networking “thing” you meet a person who wants to talk to you a lot more than you want to talk to him/her. These people are not being mean or manipulative, they are not being pushy in the same way as a “jerk”. They may just be new or inexperienced and looking for a friendly face to help them feel more comfortable at an event or meeting. If you get stuck with one of these well meaning folk it can be a real challenge. You don’t want to be rude. You know they don’t mean you ill… but at the same time you know you have to break away and have conversations with other people. Otherwise your reason for being at the event yourself might end up being a huge waste of time. In this episode Eric discusses what might really be going on there and gives some perspective to help you figure out what to do. Then he walks you through two types of people that you may run into as well as four methods for exiting the conversation professionally and politely.

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