Describe your worst moments of awkward silence

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    Nov 20, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    When you're with someone on any occasion at all, is there ever a moment of complete silence between the two of you? For me, this usually happens when the other person and I run out of things to say. It always feels really awkward and uncomfortable whenever this happens.icon_neutral.gif

    Now, has this ever happen to you before in a similar or different situation?
    How did you feel about it and how did you deal with it? Describe your worst moments of awkward silence.icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 20, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    One time a reporter asked me a question about Libya. I couldn't think of a thing to say. I felt and looked like a damn fool!
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    Nov 20, 2011 7:44 AM GMT
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    Iceblink saidOne time a reporter asked me a question about Libya. I couldn't think of a thing to say. I felt and looked like a damn fool!


    Oh man, that's as bad as when a reporter asked me which gov't agencies I would cut and I said there were three, but for the life of me I couldn't think of the third one.


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    So this one time I was talking about my qualifications for higher office, and how living in Alaska has prepared me for international affairs... It got awkward when my daughter started whoring it up and interrupted me.
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    Nov 20, 2011 9:24 AM GMT
    Not being American, I had to see what you were talking about. I discovered this in my research.

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    Nov 20, 2011 9:59 AM GMT
    oaksen saidWhen you're with someone on any occasion at all, is there ever a moment of complete silence between the two of you? For me, this usually happens when the other person and I run out of things to say. It always feels really awkward and uncomfortable whenever this happens.icon_neutral.gif

    Now, has this ever happen to you before in a similar or different situation?
    How did you feel about it and how did you deal with it? Describe your worst moments of awkward silence.icon_razz.gif

    My worst moments happen when I put my foot in my mouth, and there are many of those. But I think you mean social silence, when the conversation merely stops dead. They happen to all of us, and I don't have one recollection that's more horrible than any other -- they're all equally awkward.

    To avoid them, I actually rehearse in my mind what I'm going to say in a social setting to someone, to include how I'll end it, before I approach them. Or if they approach me first, I have dozens of standard things I can say to extricate me from an awkward situation, whether it's because the conversation has gone dead, or because the other person is an idiotic bore.

    You just need to work on your repertoire, of standard things to say when the silence hits. Maybe somebody should write a guide on the subject. But I think the underlying idea, no matter what the words you actually say are, is that YOU have decided to move on, that YOU have ended the social chat, in a gracious & believable manner.
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    Nov 20, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    You know......I'm aware that this is a pretty common problem, but it never seems to happen to me....

    Perhaps this is an indicator that I talk to damn much icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 20, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
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