Ever felt yourself losing the crowd? During a sales pitch, during a date, during a public speech.
You know that feeling. The audience isn’t laughing at your jokes. It feels like you’re pouring your energy into a black hole of emptiness.
The instinct is to double-down. Tell funnier jokes. Show more enthusiasm. Try harder.
Don’t do it.
You’ll just dig a deeper hole and make an even worse impression.
If you can, try end the session politely and save face.
If you can’t, just walk away. Literally. Standing on a stage? Stop talking, say thanks, and exit left.
In a sales meeting? Stop talking, say thanks, and exit left.
On a date? Stop talking, say thanks, and exit left.
Don’t make excuses. Stop digging.