THE 6 SOCIALLY AWKWARD SINS
Socially awkward situations are no friend of mine.
They are, well, toe-curlingly awful. I am sure if you, sitting there right now, cast your mind back, you will not have to travel far before one pops up from your memory.
Are you a social kisser? Single or double? Barack Obama with former French first lady Carla Bruni and, on homepage, with Hillary Clinton.
Let’s take a look at six common sins that one can easily make and investigate some strategies that may ease your horror.
1. Introducing people to each other when you do not know all of the names. This is one of my biggest hurdles. You are at a function or something, talking to someone that you clearly know but whose name has momentarily escaped your brain. Someone else joins you in conversation. They stand awkwardly, looking at you, waiting for an introduction. You can either say something ineffective like “Surely you two know each other?” and pray to the gods of memory recall that they kick into gear fairly swiftly. Or you can excuse yourself and go and get another canapé.
Or you can stand up tall, look at your friend with no name and say, “I am so sorry. I forgot to take my medication this morning and I have completely forgotten your name.” Do this. And move on quickly to the next topic of conversation.
2. Rage. All sorts of rage can occur these days. Road, phone, walking. You name it; there is a RAGE factor. Now I have been known to occasionally cause a road rage incident and the most effective way to diffuse the situation is to blow the rager a kiss. A big one. They either burst into laughter or burst a vein in their forehead. Either way, do not get caught up in it. Just move on.
3. Sometimes you go to use the ladies’ room at an event, only to find the line is really, really long. And next to the ladies’ room is the men’s facilities that no one is making use of. I am one of those impatient people when it comes to emptying my bladder so I am often found in the gents when the ladies’ line is too long.
The problem arises though, when you are making use of the latrine, when a few men folk come in to wee in the public trough. And then a few more come in. And you have finished your business, waiting patiently for them to all leave. But they do not.
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