A conversation can sometimes last a lot longer than it should. Whether you've had a great chat or you'd just like to be done talking, there are ways that you can exit a conversation politely and respectfully. Maybe there was a lull in the conversation and you had nothing left to add. Maybe you're having a conversation with your boss about a bad review from your direct report and it's making it awkward. Maybe someone in your friend group always has something negative to say and you're sick of it.
Here are ten ways to exit a conversation politely and respectfully in person:
"It was really nice talking to you, but I don't want to keep you from other things you need to do."
"I'm sorry to interrupt, but I have to run to another meeting. It was great to see you!"
"I don't want to take up too much of your time, so I'll let you go. It was great catching up with you!"
"I'm going to grab some food before the cafeteria closes. It was nice chatting with you!"
"I have to get going, but let's continue this conversation soon. It's been really interesting!"
"I don't want to keep you from other people you need to talk to. It was great to meet you!"
"I should probably get back to work, but it was really nice talking with you. Have a great day!"
"I'm going to head out, but it was great seeing you. Let's catch up again soon!"
"I have to leave, but it was a pleasure meeting you. Have a great day!"
"I'm going to go grab some coffee, but it was great chatting with you. Let's do it again sometime!"
Remember to be polite, respectful, and genuine when exiting a conversation. By doing so, you'll leave a positive impression and help maintain good relationships with others.
Learn these tips and you can be sure to never leave a conversation feeling awkward or embarrassed again! Plus, mastering the art of small talk will make you feel more confident when you have to move on from one conversation to another.