3 Ways to Push Through Awkwardness

When you are in these situations, you learn to push forward and turn the awkwardness into easy conversation. Don't let it get the best of you next time a situation comes along. Take charge of whatever is happening and make it work for you.

As a mom with teenagers, I have constantly heard my kids remark on a situation or an interaction and say, “well, that was awkward!”

When I hear this, of course I want to know what caused them to feel this way. The way I see it, the fear of awkwardness can force you to miss out on opportunities. You may even avoid situations fearing the awkwardness that it might bring. One situation that I feel is a bit awkward is walking down a long hall towards someone. In my mind I am thinking this could go on forever if I don’t do something. Many times, before I just look up and smile at the person, they have darted the other way to avoid me. I am sure you have found yourself in similar situations. Awkward situations force you to quickly turn the situation around. As you are faced with these situations, you just have to think and act quick to reverse the awkwardness of the situation.

We all have one situation that we cringe at the thought of. Mine was years ago when I fell down the stairs on the way to a restaurant. I had just picked up a few guests for a business meeting, so I did not know them very well, but we were definitely on talking terms. They had picked a restaurant that was in the basement floor of a building. With my purse in hand and high heels on, I proceeded to walk down the stairs. As I slipped on the step, I grabbed the rail and hung on for my life. I slid all the way down to the bottom stairs with everything falling out of my purse. I felt like I was falling for a lifetime. As I composed myself and stood up, I could read the awkwardness and embarrassment on the faces of those around me. All I could do was laugh. They then began to laugh as well after they made sure I was alright. As I faced this situation, I could have died or maybe sunk through an imaginary hole in the cement beneath me. But instead I just charged through this feeling and overcame the situation. The meeting was great and resulted in a strong relationship with my company. When we get together this situation still comes up. It now has become a great topic of conversation.

When you are in these situations, you learn to push forward and turn the awkwardness into easy conversation. Don't let it get the best of you next time a situation comes along. Take charge of whatever is happening and make it work for you.

Three ways to push through awkwardness:

  • Small talk helps diffuse awkwardness and keeps the conversation moving along.
  • Remember you have a split second to react to an awkward moment. Be ready to turn the situation into a smile or a laugh.
  • Try to never let an awkward moment get the best of you. Face it head on and conquer it.

How do you push through those awkward moments?