We all have experienced awkward moments when trying to build business relationships. Below are three scenarios that you may have encountered. Hopefully, you have learned from them.
1. Make an In Person Introduction but Forget Person's Name - It can be tough to remember someone's name if you just met the person or have not seen the person in awhile. So, when you are not sure of one person's name, let each person introduce themselves. Put them together and let them make it happen.
2. Discuss Controversial Topics - From time to time, people bring up hot but controversial topics such as religion and politics. While these are everyday topics, it is not always appropriate in a business environment because people have strong views. In fact, sports can also have this impact. So, try to stay away from these topics. If someone else brings them up, then try to change the subject or move on from the conversation.
3. Other Person Talks Too Much - It is important to let others speak when having a conversation. That way, you get to know people and can find ways to assist them. However, some times people speak too much so you are not able to get a word in. When this happens, find a time to break into the conversation. If you have to politely interrupt, then do this so you can let the other person know more about you.
What other awkward moments have you encountered?