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Chapter 13. End with the Future in Mind > Prepare for the Next Time

Prepare for the Next Time

Your Critic may move into high gear when someone—even someone you've made a good connection with—ends a conversation with you. If you are the one doing the leaving, you may feel guilty because it seems as if you are rejecting or abandoning the other person. As a result of these feelings, people say, "I believe I'll freshen my drink," and walk away, not even bothering to head in the direction of the bar. Or they may simply say, with no intention of doing so, "I'll see you later." Or they may drift away when a third person enters the conversation.

To change your mindset about the final moments of a conversation, imagine that you'll continue your dialog at some time in the future. Always assume that you will see your partner again. Think, "I'm just beginning this relationship. It will be exciting to see it develop." Always prepare for the next time. Making a conscious closing will set the tone for your next meeting.


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