We all get caught in embarrassing situations every now and then- but there are tried-and-true techniques to help you escape form these little troubles:
1. Stay in control. You can always deal with the situation later.
For instance, if you're dining out with friends and your mate criticizes you, just shrug and say nothing at the time. Don't increase your your embarrassment by openly quarreling with your mate and creating a scene in public that your pals will never forget. Once you and your partner are back home, you can say, "I feel you embarrassed me for no good reason. What's the problem? Let's discuss it."
2. Laugh it off.
Former US President Ronald Reagan was good at cracking jokes to cover up flubs. Whenever he forgot something, for example, he'd say that he could remember what Abraham Lincoln told him years ago, but he couldn't recall what he heard last week!
3. Put a positive spin on the embarrassing situation.
It's a common situation. You walk out of a rest room with your fly still unzipped and someone points it out. Don't get flustered. Just smile and say: "Thanks! Sometimes I'm such a klutz."
4. Don't make a big deal of your embarrassment.
Suppose you knock a cup of coffee over while at a neighbor's home. Don't say "I'm sorry" over and over. Instead offer to clean up the mess- and then switch the subject.
Vol 3 No 6 June 1994