Minimize Awkward Moments

Stay Present

One of the mechanisms that most often causes moments of awkwardness is a shift in brain function that minimizes awareness of our surroundings and maximizes self-conscious worry. Instead of feeling fully present, you become anxious and uncertain, perhaps about how you’re coming off, how you look or sound, or anything else that’s one step removed from in-depth immersion in the current experience.

Rely on Suitable Habits

Habits are a great way to navigate social moments without letting worry or self-consciousness cause you to “choke.”

Dump Your Baggage

Because awkwardness often results from the stress in a situation, it’s a great help to reduce your stress level, going in, by writing out your anticipated fears and concerns.



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Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz


Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”