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Top 10 Uncomfortable Situations and How to Deal with Them
Life is full of awkward and uncomfortable moments. We can't avoid them altogether, but we can handle them with grace. Here are ten situations we all might struggle with and how to relieve the discomfort. It happens to the best of us.

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Forgetting Someone's Name

Forgetting Someone's Name
  • If you haven’t already, ask for their business card.
  • Ask for their name and pretend you just didn't know their last name.
  • Introduce the person to a friend and hope they introdu...

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Making Small Talk and Dealing with Awkward Silences

  • Have some good go-to stories.
  • Use the FORD technique (asking questions about Family," "Occupation," "Recreation" and "Dreams) to turn small talk into an actual conversation

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Going on a First Date

  • Pick a great first-date activity.
  • Keep your expectations in check.
  • Learn the science behind the perfect first date.
  • Try not to sweat it even if things do get uncomforta...

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Confronting a Coworker

  • Treat them delicately.
  • Try having a discrete, polite conversation with the person or kill 'em with kindness.
  • For coworkers who are slacking off, consider whether or not they ar...

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Talking to Your Kids About Sex/Sensitive Topics

  • Birds and Bees and Kids is a site that can help broach sex with your kids more comfortably.
  • When talking about drugs, racial issues, or death, the most important thing is to meet the c...

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Talking About Taboo Subjects

  • Stick to the facts and try to find common ground when discussing controversial subjects.
  • Prevent money arguments with your partner or with anyone else by taking the emotion out of it a...

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Other Awkward Situations

  • Owning Up to a Mistake: Learn from it and turn those mistakes into steps in improving yourself.
  • Helping Someone Through Their Illness or Grief: The Ring Theory is a good ...

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Decreasing Awkwardness

Decreasing Awkwardness
  • Find common interests and discuss them.
  • Encourage others to talk about what interests them.
  • Be gentle or help someone out, even if it is on a small thing.

Situations That Lead To Awkwardness

  • Walking into a room where you don't know any of the other people.
  • Being in a situation in which you don't know what you are supposed to do.
  • You are all talking amongst yourself and an unknown person approaches the group.
  • When a conversation does not go smoothly. 
  • Discomfort around food. 
  • Invading someone else's personal space—or having your own space invaded.
  • Not remembering someone or their name or not being remembered.
  • Been put in the spotlight or when others start talking about you while you are in the same room.

Accidentally insulting someone

Maybe you sent a text or email to the wrong person that included a less than positive opinion of the person who just received it.

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The lazy coworker

If you’re working with someone who isn’t pulling their weight, the key to solving this issue is to not give them too many chances.

Explain to your coworker that the project is important to you, and you want to make sure you both see things the same way. Also, talk about your needs instead of their faults.

Awkward conversations

At a party or conference where small talk with someone nearby becomes awkward:

  • excuse yourself to get a drink/coffee.
  • say “It’s nice talking to you, but I have to talk to someone before they leave.”
  • if your conversation is on the phone, end it by saying, “I’d love to catch up, but I have somewhere to be.” 

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