Life can throw lots of awkward & unexpected things at us. Sometimes, we get a random phone call / text that is prickly. Or someone sends us a text that’s cryptic / unclear & easy to misunderstand. Or a co-worker / fellow student says something insensitive or stupid. It’s easy on these occasions to be reactive & do or say something we later regret.
So here are a few tips for awkward:
- Pause – I usually wish I could retract my quick retorts.
- Pray – a quiet & quick “HELP!!!!” is always a good instinct.
- Preview – think about what you say, before you say it, to preview the possible responses / outcomes.