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Listen for the Bell

Tune in to the timetable. There's a bell that goes off in people's minds after a conversation has been going on for about five minutes. At networking events and at many quasi-business gatherings, such as cocktail parties or receptions, people have a vague notion that they should speak with as many people as possible. Trust your powers of observation. You will be able to tell from your partner's body language when he is ready to move on. Your partner will look away, gather up possessions, and perhaps even move farther away from you. Trust the bell in your head—your intuitive sense of when it's time to say good-bye.

Honesty is rare in the final moments of a conversation, but that's what works best. Be totally honest. Here's how to leave a conversation gracefully and competently with your own integrity (and your partner's) intact.


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