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Text comes from the book: “Finding the right words: A radio presenter explains how you can have good conversations with anyone at any time” (2016), published by Münchener Verlagsgruppe (MVG), reprinted with the kind permission of the publisher.

Here writes for you:

thorsten-ottoThorsten Otto is a TV and radio presenter at Bavarian Radio, among others. Otto grew up in the Upper Palatinate, studied law, but switched to moderation after the first state examination. After an internship and traineeship at a broadcaster in Nuremberg and attending an editor, reporter and moderator school at SWF3, he went to EinsLive for two years. Then he switched to ZDF-Sport. In 1998, Otto moved to Bayern 3, where he presented the current midday magazine for years. Since October 2008 he has been moderating the interview program Mensch, Otto !, alternating with Brigitte Theile, which is broadcast Monday to Friday from 19:00 p.m. to 20:00 p.m. He also interviews celebrities on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Mensch, Otto! - Stars on Sunday. Once a month, this conversation is also shown in the evening on Bavarian television.

End Conflicts without Conflict: Please no hot porridge!

There are many tips and advice on how to start conversations and small talk - but little is said about how to stop them - and preferably without stress. An overview. shutterstock_286606859

Why do I need to end a call?

There are a variety of reasons why it is necessary to end a conversation, as for example:

  • The scheduled time is around,
  • there is nothing left to say
  • the call has been irrevocably fixed
  • or you simply reached your target.

How to finish a conversation elegantly

Many people find it difficult to develop a sense of when it's time to end a conversation. We all know such unpleasant situations with strangers at a party, with colleagues in the office or with friends at home.

At some point, one of the topics of conversation starts, one becomes bored or just wants to talk to other people in the room. But how do you elegantly end a conversation without being rude or even offending the other?

When Small Talk becomes a real plague

For all those involved, a conversation that is only rattled off and painstakingly kept alive is exhausting and, above all, time-consuming. So do yourself and your counterpart a favor and put an end to the torment, if possible without any ado.

Of course, it depends on the situation you are in, how fast and how directly you end the conversation.

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Small talk with the Federal President?

If you are at a reception of the Federal President and Joachim Gauck would like to exchange a few words with you, I would recommend that you take a little time, even if you would rather just strap on with the blond hostess, who serves the appetizers.

But a minimum of flair for the situation I simply simply advance, because otherwise you would not have at all to my book grasped.

Do not talk about the bush!

The easiest way to end a conversation is by apologizing and communicating that you still need to speak with another person in the room. Especially for receptions, parties, invitations with several guests, this seems to me a very appropriate method.

Of course, the sound makes the music here too: A friendly “I'm sorry, I would like to talk to you for longer, but I definitely have to talk to Ms. / Mr. XY”, accompanied by a small smile, no one will be in get the wrong neck.

Make it like Starkoch Alfons Schuhbeck

Anyone who would like to say good-bye with a saying or a witty remark to turn to the next person should already master the high school of communication.

A true master in ending a conversation without making you feel stupid is celebrity chef Alfons Schuhbeck.

Several times I have watched him travel under fifteen minutes in the fifty meters that lie between his two restaurants in Munich, although on the short route he is regularly approached by an estimated twenty people.

Always a nice word ready

Nevertheless, he has a nice word for everyone, a pat on the shoulder or at least an autograph and everyone is happy about a few seconds of attention from Schuhbeck. To this day, I still have no idea how the “Fonse” does it.

There's more to it, but I have not yet revealed that secret. In the meantime, I'm sure it works because it does not strain him and people feel like talking to them.

The toast

For those who want a simpler solution, I recommend using their glass. This works well again at parties and receptions.

Cheer up on your partner and say goodbye with the words: "It was nice to talk to you, but I think we are expected to mingle with the people."

The handover

The following method requires a little more sophistication, which resembles a reverse flip-flop while dancing.

Just hand your conversation partner over to the next acquaintance by putting them together imagine, to address a common theme and to express your hope that they will be able to cope without you in the next few minutes.

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