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How to Politely Excuse Yourself and Get Out of Anything

How to Politely Excuse Yourself and Get Out of Anything

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DivaVillage | DivineCaroline

April 17, 2009

You’re the social butterfly around close friends and coworkers, and love to mingle with the crowds at the latest party. Still, there are some places where the social climate can be less than comfortable and you might need a game plan to get out, fast. Whether you’re stuck in a too-personal conversation with a stranger, or find yourself yawning and restless at an event, there are some simple—and polite—ways to escape an awkward moment and head off to the next thing on your agenda. Consider these tips as part of your escape plan out of some of the most awkward social situations:

Getting Out of a Dull Dinner Party

A formal sit-down affair, a casual barbecue, or a buffet-style meal are all great ways to socialize and meet new people. Unfortunately, not all hosts are prepared to keep the party lively and guests happy; when you sense that the energy from the get-together has disappeared with the rest of the meal, it may be time to head out and call it a night. Excuse yourself from the table and attend to a phone call or start helping the hostess clear the table. The act of getting up and moving may even prompt others to do the same, so you’re only taking the lead on the inevitable. Just make sure to thank the host or hostess for their hospitality, say goodbye to the guests, and leave on a positive note.

Getting Out of an Argument

Every relationship has its ups and downs, and arguments or quarreling can be a valuable form of communication. Still, you don’t want to allow the argument to go on for hours on end, therefore you need to find a way to resolve the problem. Getting out of an argument with a loved one will require both parties to cooperate and see the “bigger picture.” It’s easy to get caught up in emotions during the conflict, so you’ll need to simmer down and be as rational as possible in order to resolve the disagreement. Finishing the argument may be as simple as interrupting it mid-stream and calling an official “time out.”

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