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How To Survive In Awkward Social Situations 
 
by Jeremy Moore May 24, 2005

Say something interesting

Reading up before a party will help move the conversation beyond "hi my name is, and I work at X Company."

Work is how we spend about 50 percent of our waking hours, but while some jobs are universally interesting most are not. It's a pretty safe bet that no one has heard of the type of work you do, or if they have they have no real idea what's involved. It's an even safer bet that no one wants to hear about it, especially if you've been having a bad time lately. Stick with more universal themes

Getting Out

You don't have to stay at a party until the bitter end. In fact, it is usually a good idea not to. Typically, you want to arrive at a party no earlier than one hour past the start time. Survey the group and get to know the faces.

When it is time to start thinking about leaving, look around to see if it is a different crowd. If you were the last one in, you do not want to be the first one out.

If it looks like a whole new crew, feel free to say your good byes. Fish and visitors tend to stink after hanging around too long, so sometimes the key to being a good guest at a party is knowing when to leave.

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