How to End a Conversation
Ending conversations are as important as starting ones. It might leave a lasting impression on the person you're speaking with so you have to know how and when to end the conversations without appearing rude.
- Notice signs of a dying conversation.--Is the person you're speaking with looking at you or through you? Is his/her gaze already wandering off? Is he/she looking at the time often? Does he/she display gestures like tapping fingers? Is he/she moving away from you? There are many signs that show that the person is already getting tired of the conversation and wants to end it. It's also possible that even if the person enjoys talking to you, he/she has to go somewhere else at that time. If you notice such signs, it's time to break the conversation off. How?
- Stop prolonging the conversation.--Stop giving long comments and don't start new topics. If you're the one who wants to end the conversation, you can lessen the eye contact too. Glance at your watch or start carrying your things to prepare for leaving.
- Exchange cards.--You can either ask for the person's business card or give yours just in case you need to get in touch with him/her again. Thank him/her for his time and end the conversation with a handshake.
- Use expressions to end the conversation.--You can say
- I'm sorry to have taken so much of your time. I know we're both busy and I guess I have to say goodbye for now.
- Thank you so much for your time. I'm sorry but I have to go. See you later!
- It's really nice talking to you. I hope to see you again soon.
- I'm glad we've met. Here's my card.
- Oh, look at the time! I enjoyed talking to you so much that I nearly lost track of the time. I'll be off now. See you!