The last time I went to a conference, I got stuck in a conversation with a very nice woman who insisted upon telling me every detail of how she was renovating her house—from the solar panels to the new foundation.
After 20 minutes, I got a bit antsy. After 30 minutes, I knew I had to make an escape.
I ended up pretending I was famished and darting away to the refreshments table. Considering there were hors d’ouevres floating around, I probably could’ve done better. If only I’d known about these 17 truly brilliant one-liners for extricating myself from a bad conversation.
Like, “My phone is going to die any minute. Mind if I slip away to find an outlet?”—there really isn’t any good objection to that one. Or, “Well, it’s been great catching up. Let’s stay in touch, perhaps over LinkedIn?” Short, sweet, and effective!
With these in my back pocket, I’ll never have to debate the finer points of solar panels again. Thanks, Mindy Kaling.