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Good luck: 9 elegant ways ... 
to politely end a conversation

9 polite ways to
...gracefully end a conversation. Works in and outside of USA.
First some Coffee ...
1) Make a compliment
Highlight something from the conversation to make a positive remark about. This will give you the initiative for the following disengagement.
2) Express gratitude
Say, “Thanks, it was great talking with you” or “Thanks so much for chatting.”
3) Look forward to reconnecting
End with phrases like “See you around” or “I'm sure we'll meet again later.”
4) Check the time
Glancing at your watch or phone suggests that you’re aware of the time and may need to conclude. Looking away or scanning surroundings also signals your disinterest.
5) Turn away
Slightly turning your body away from the person you’re talking to can signal that the interaction is coming to an end.
6) Take out an object
If you’re holding car keys, San francisco transit tickets, or even some spare USD, taking them out of your pocket or purse can subtly indicate that you’re preparing to leave.
7) Introduce others
Pulling other people into the conversation deflects attention from yourself and opens a respectful escape route.
8) If someone is rude
Say "I don't think this conversation is productive anymore. Let's take a break and continue talking next time".
And most importantly
9) Smile
Whatever exit line you choose, smiling will make the goodbye feel warm and genuine.


Thanks and happy networking in the Golden Gate City!



Being an expat in San francisco involves frequent networking. Unlike local San Francisqueños, who can rely on a lifelong, organically grown network of American friends and family, the international scene in the U.S. is transient. People come and leave all the time and maintaining a healthy social circle requires significant efforts.

So while it's relatively easy to strike up conversations , ending a dialogue in a polite way can be somewhat challenging. After all, the other person might not be aware that we don't want to continue talking and noone should feel offended, right?

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