7 Ways To Gracefully Bow Out Of A Networking Chat

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Hey there, hero!

One of my VO Heroes, Linda Graves, asked an excellent question as she watched one of the videos I did on how to engage at networking events.

She wasn’t looking for ways to start a conversation, though.

She was looking for ways to nicely…escape.

Here are 7 ways you can put that, without leaving skid marks.

Hope this helps!



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  1. Great tips, easy to remember and use. For me, one of the things Ive wondered is what do when the person offers little to no break in the conversation. They are into what they are saying so much, that they don’t allow for much reply. This has come up and Ive felt awkward breaking in to find that chance to mingle onward. Perhaps something like, ” hey, I bet we could talk a lot more on this subject, but if its ok to suggest, we only have a limited time here to meet and talk with all these other awesome people in the room. How about we exchange info and continue this another time, so we can connect more with these people tonight? Sorry to interrupt, but I just realized this and didn’t want us to miss out. What do you say?” Would something like that work?. If you have any tips on other ways to back out when there is no opening, let me know. But this is a helpful video for sure. Thank you.

  2. I am slow to start but when I get going the momentum builds so my usual, and necessary, line is, “I don’t want to monopolize your time so I’m going to let your ears cool down a bit while I toddle off to find my next victim.”