Introduction <ul><li>Often when we are in the process of communicating with someone, there comes a moment when there is an awkward silence between us. </li></ul>
Possible Reasons <ul><li>Perhaps he or she is being quiet because someone in his or her family is ill, or is having personal problems. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, you shouldn't take it personally - give him or her some space. </li></ul><ul><li>But, if you notice that this person is only acting quietly towards you and not towards others for an extended period of time then you may have reason to be concerned. </li></ul>
Strategies to Handle Silence <ul><li>The way that we choose to deal with such moments is indicative of our comfort level with ourselves and with the communication process itself. </li></ul><ul><li>We have prepared some strategies about this interesting subject. </li></ul>
Relax and Accept the Awkward Silence <ul><li>When communicating, it is entirely normal for natural silences to occur. </li></ul><ul><li>In most instances, it indicates that there is a real kind of connection between you and the other person. </li></ul><ul><li>So, relax and do not force the conversation at that moment. </li></ul>
Ask a Question <ul><li>If the awkward silence seems to last longer than you would wish, ask the person a simple and straightforward question to help jump-start the conversation again. </li></ul><ul><li>People always love to talk about themselves, so asking questions is a wonderful way to draw them in. </li></ul>
Offer Your Partner a Drink or Something to eat <ul><li>If you and your friend are experiencing an awkward silence, you can offer him something to drink to help shift the conversation toward physical action. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone enjoys the chance to breathe and drink or eat with a friend. </li></ul>
Propose a Walk <ul><li>To deal with an awkward silence, you can ask your friend if she might like to take a nice walk (weather permitting) or to listen to some music you both like. </li></ul><ul><li>Again, physical alteration during communication is a nice way to move past silence. </li></ul>
Create an Environment <ul><li>Create an environment where awkward silences turn into opportunities for greater insight into one another. </li></ul><ul><li>You can turn something awkward into something comforting by simply looking into your friend's eyes and showing acceptance and joy in the act of silence. </li></ul>
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