We’ve all had the awkward moment when we want to end a conversation but don’t know how.

 

We kind of slide to the left and run away when no one’s looking.

 

Here’s the first decision you need to make:

 

Decide if you want to continue a conversation or not.

 

If you want to move on – End the conversation as gracefully as you can by being as courteous as possible.

 

Below are some examples of how to end the conversation gracefully. Keep in mind the tone of your voice too. How you say something is just as important as what you say!

 

Below are “exit” lines that are all adaptable and can be used in almost any situation.

 

Change them up according to the situation you’re in. Have a few in mind, especially if you think you might get stuck in a boring conversation.

 

“It was great meeting you! I’m going to continue to mingle around. I’ll see you soon.”

 

“It was great meeting you! I’m going to continue to meet people. Here is my card if you ever want to reach out.”

 

“Thanks for sharing your experience, it was nice meeting you. I’m headed to mingle around. See you soon I’m sure!”

 

“It was great meeting you! I’m going to continue to mingle around.”

 

“It was great meeting you! I’m going to continue to meet people. Here is my card if you ever want to reach out.”

 

“I’m going to get another drink. I’ll see you around.”

 

“I’m going to meet my friends, it’s nice meeting you. “If you would like to reach out, here is my card.”

 

“My goal is to meet at least one more person. Who would you suggest I talk to next?”

 

“I don’t want to monopolize all your time. I’m going to go mingle a little more. Here is my card, feel free to reach out anytime.”

 

Protip: Don’t let anyone take up all your time. Most importantly, don’t feel bad or guilty about exiting a conversation that might not go anywhere.

 

Now that you have an exit strategy, how do you extend the conversation if you like the person?

 

A few things …

 

Keep in mind what your goals are. Is it to network with people, just meet random friends, or have meaningful conversations?

 

If you want to establish a deeper meaningful relationship with someone – Simply ask the person if they want to continue the conversation elsewhere another day.

 

Protip: Save this for people who you feel a real connection with.

 

Example: “It’s been great talking with you. I’d be happy to continue the conversation another day.”

 

They’ll most likely say, “heck yea!” and the next time you meet up it will be glorious!