How To Handle a Social Faux-Pas

Recover from a social gaffe with poise and grace.

Richie Frieman
1-minute read

If you've been in social situations, such as a party or an office gathering, and you accidentally got yourself in trouble by making comments about people’s relationships, ages, or names, then it's time to come up with strategies for doing better in the future.

Wait for people to tell you information rather than assuming it, and try asking questions that are more neutral. For example, instead of asking how long a man and woman you meet at a party have been dating (when it turns out they are father and daughter), ask them how they know one another. At worst you’ll get a chuckle and a response, rather than an awkward look.

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Richie Frieman