We’ve all experienced awkward moments—realizing you’ve spoken to a person for an entire year and you still don’t know their name, finishing your presentation and discovering your fly was down the whole time, asking a woman when she’s due only to find out she’s not pregnant. Yikes!
The best plan for avoiding awkward moments is to take things slow. In other words, before you speak or take action, consider how your words or actions will impact others. Listening first gives you the opportunity to glean more information so you can make better decisions. As for flys down, best to assess your own reflection in the mirror as your worst critic would before giving a presentation. Though an unzipped zipper isn’t the end of the world, we’ve all had one a time or two ourselves.