It happens to everyone. Your hanging out with acquaintances or friends and family, and something suddenly happens to make the room so quiet you could hear your neighbor fart 3 doors away. Learn what you can do in a bunch of different awkward situations you often find yourself involved in.
One of the most common awkward moments occurs when you first meet someone and they say your name wrong. If your name is Holly, you’ll get mistaken for Polly, or Dolly, or Molly, and it only gets more awkward the more they address you by the incorrect name. To squash an awkward moment, correct them, and say, “I know- I get called Polly all the time” and laugh it off. You’ll only make the situation worse if you don’t correct them right away.
Another awkward moment is when you introduce your beau and people automatically assume you’re engaged or married. Happened to me and my guy all the time. Fix this by the introduction itself- “Hello, this is Mark, my boyfriend”, rather than, “I wanted you to meet Mark.” If someone makes the misconception anyhow, you can always go, “He hasn’t reigned me in yet,” and laugh off the situation the best you can so you and your significant other can breathe easy about the mishap.
If you fart in public and other people heard it, laugh and admit it. They all want to laugh too, trust me.
If everyone is having a pleasant conversation and it’s brought out of hand by sex, politics, or religion, reign in the conversation before it gets too offensive to you or someone else by subtly changing the subject based upon the subject already at hand. If someone is talking about their coworker who is homosexual and they start saying inappropriate things, you can change the subject by talking about a coworker you have who always steals your lunch. Diverting the conversation to something less awkward can help avoid a nasty situation.
One of the most awkward situations is when people begin arguing or beating the crap out of each other right in front of you. The best way to diffuse this is to not get involved on the side of either party. Rather, try to tell all the people involved in the argument or fight to just plain knock it off. If all else fails, call the police if the situation is bad enough, or leave. The worst thing you can do is take sides, as you’ll just make the situation worse and possibly get involved in the fight yourself.
We’re all human, and awkward situations arise now and then. Humor is the best way to get out of them, changing the situation, or just plain walking away are you best bets.