Awkward pauses are bound to happen in any conversation, especially when meeting someone for the first time. You can minimise them by asking as many questions as you can to keep the conversation moving.Photo by Sharon Mollerus.
That's an oft-quoted strategy but, as People Skills Decoded reminds us, still a useful one. Being curious and inquisitive keeps the conversation going and proves to your new (or old) acquaintance that you're interested in what they think. Plus, it pushes off those silent moments when no one knows what to say. If all else fails, embrace the quiet moments and let them happen.
How do you avoid those awkward silences when meeting someone for the first time? Have your say in the comments.
How to Avoid Awkward Silences [People Skills Decoded]