'Tis the season for partying — from your office's annual holiday gift exchange to your family's annual festive dinner, your calendar is probably booked. Whether you're with co workers or your aunts and uncles, there's always a chance you'll get cornered into a conversation you'd rather avoid.
But according to a piece in New York magazine (adapted from Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz's book "You Blew It!"), you don't have to be. You can maintain good manners and still make a break for it — if you know the magic words.
8 words to get you out of any party conversationOct. 6, 201501:18
Actually, the eight words you need to know are pretty mundane, but the result might as well be magic: "Great talking to you. I’ll see you soon."
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But it's more that just the words, it's also how you deliver them.
The authors describe the perfect exit as the way Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "would leave a family he just saved from an earthquake. A firm but platonic hug. Strong eye contact. A tender but final goodbye. And just like that, he’s gone."
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When the TODAY gang discussed the parting approach Tuesday morning, Carson Daly suggested another way to get away — the Matt Lauer method, otherwise known as just sneaking off.
"[He's] the master of just disappearing into the night," Daly laughed. "One minute he's there, the next, 'Have you seen Matt?' 'Nope! Gone with the wind.'"