How to Exit a Conversation

It may seem easy enough in thought, but when actually faced with the task of having to kindly exit a conversation, it becomes a bit arduous. The other person’s feelings are on the line, and you don’t want to come across as rude or that you don’t have time for them; there are numerous factors that play a part in conversing with another person. Although difficult, it is surely not impossible to exit a conversation. Consider the following the next time you find yourself in this type of situation:

  • Introduce them to another person. If you have a friend or colleague at the party that you think may enjoy talking to your conversation partner, introduce the two. After the introduction, you should stay a few minutes to facilitate the conversation.  However, once the conversation starts flowing, you can extricate yourself by simply saying “I’ll let you guys talk.” This is a very simple method to use and could potentially benefit everyone.
  • Ask them to introduce you. Ask your conversation partner to introduce you to other people. This works particularly well at networking events. Ask them if they know of anyone with whom you share similarities, or even someone that may be able to give you advice regarding your future goals. If you’re not at a networking event, simply indicating that you don’t know too many people and that you’d love to meet their friends could do the trick.
  • Bring the conversation full circle. When you feel the conversation should come to an end, mention the reason you began conversing in the first place. For example, if you started the conversation by asking them for their opinion on something, thank them for their input and summarize the feedback they gave you. For example, “You have a great point, thanks for the input – I’ll definitely keep that in mind the next time that I’m at the gym. I’m so glad I asked you about my workout routine!”
  • Excuse yourself. Simple yet effective. It’s not likely that that your conversation partner will demand a reason. Don’t overthink it too much. More times than not they’ll assume you need to go to the restroom.

Do not make yourself the bad guy – simply take charge of the conversation or redirect it. If all else fails, say something inclusive like “let’s see how many other people we can meet.” With these pointers in mind, exiting a conversation at your next networking or social event should be a breeze.

Jennie Moussa is Marketing Intern at Consultants 2 Go and excited student at NJIT.