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Heed those ‘gotta go’ signals

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No matter how much you would like to continue a conversation, respect “gotta go” signals from your conversational partner. Cut it short when:

1. Your partner answers questions with two or fewer syllables.

2. Your partner leaves the conversation with some part of his or her body. For example, hand on the doorknob; face toward you but body angled toward the exit; gaze diverted upward, sideways, any way but toward you.

3. Your partner drops exit cues like, “I have a meeting in 10 minutes, and I need to prep.”

Let the person go. Bring the conversation to a graceful conclusion by smiling and saying something like, “It’s been good talking to you.”

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