When is it ok to have pauses & silences in a conversation with a stranger?

Not all situations call for conversation. While it is true that lots of talk among friends builds friendship, if you find yourself in public settings with strangers, talking isn’t always necessary.


The person on the bus or plane next to you might not be interested in making small talk the whole trip—and that’s perfectly fine. If the other person gives a lot of one-word responses, folds his or her arms, or leans away, those are signals that he or she may prefer just to stay quiet.


If someone is using up all your time and won’t let you end the conversation, use an excuse such as needing to get another drink, as a reason for exiting.


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Silences can underline a powerful point.

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