JS Tip 229: From the Leadership Workshops: Ending the Conversation


Last week, we talked about talking to people. We promised to talk about graciously ending the conversation this week.


Here we are.

The key is sincerity. You’ve got to be interested in the person you’re talking with. You can’t fake it.

But some phrases may help you end a conversation:

“This was good.”

“Thank you for talking with me.”

“I learned something this morning.”

“I don’t want to keep you.”

“I’ve taken too much of your time.”

A Caution

This may sound goofy, but we’ve seen relationships damaged by not following the counsel: 

Don’t look at your watch while the other person is talking.  

It’s an insult. It’s the equivalent of rolling your eyes when the other person says something. “What? Am I boring you? You got someplace important to go?”

Be kind. Be courteous. Be interested. Engage.    

If you have questions, let us know. We love this stuff.