How to Handle Sticky Situations
The Etiquette of Discomfiting Lapses
Situation: You’re in an elevator with someone you know you should talk to, but your mind is blank about a topic.
Solution: If your riding companion is a senior partner at work, avoid talking shop unless you’re confident that you can make an intelligent comment about a current business issue. Instead, stick to a safer subject and approach it with a unique attitude. “The weather can be a great topic―just talk about it with passion,” says Leil Lowndes. Address the rider by name to make it more personal, then tell a funny story (“The snow was so deep this morning, my cat sunk in all the way up to his tail”) or make a positive remark (“I finally get to try out my new rain boots!”). At the very least, it will be a welcome change from the usual bad-weather complaints.
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