In an age of technology, texting, and live chats, it’s almost impossible for people to not have easy access to you. Social skills have diminished significantly as a result of less face to face interaction. And how many times have you found yourself needing to get out of a conversation that’s gone on just a little too long?
You know, that point in the conversation when everyone knows it’s time to wrap it up, but no one does it so the discussion keeps trailing on. Or worse, the other person’s still going strong and you’ve been looking at your watch for five minutes now and they refuse to notice!
Great news! Forbes has come up with these awesome statements you can now use to get you out of just those moments, and without losing any friends!
On the phone:
“I’ve got another call in a couple minutes; thanks so much for speaking with me, and I’ll talk to you again [soon/in X days].”
“My battery’s pretty low, so I’m going to hop off. Have an amazing day!”
“It sounds like we’ve covered everything we needed to, so I’ll let you go. Thank you for such a productive meeting!”
At A Networking Event
“Please excuse me, I’m going to make a quick restroom trip. It was lovely to meet you!”
“I’ve had such a nice time talking to you. And I’ll definitely connect with you on LinkedIn so I can keep up with all of your cool ventures. In the meantime, I’m going to go [grab some hors d’oeuvres/say hi to a friend/go to the next panel].”
“I’m sorry to leave so quickly, but it’s been a pleasure and I hope we can reconnect soon. Do you have a business card?”
At the End Of A Meeting
Looks like we’ve hit everything on the agenda. If no one has anything else to discuss, see you at our next meeting.”
“Great to see we finished 15 minutes early! Going to go knock out some quick errands.”
On A Video Call
“I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me. Have a fantastic rest of your day, and I’ll look for your [email/notes/report/follow-up].”
Whether professional or personal, this is perfect!