From the inappropriate comment to the awkward situation, we have all faced one time or another an embarrassing moment at work. Here are three ways to get around it and back to a normal work day.
1. Step away from the moment
The problem with embarrassment is that it lasts longer than the moment itself. Walk away from those feelings and let the incident go away. Pulling your attention to the present can help you realize that the embarrassment happened in the past.
2. Stop apologizing
Over apologizing may seem like a way to overcome bad feelings, but endless apologies only keep you trapped in the moment of embarrassment. Once is enough, then move on.
3. Laugh about it
Don’t get overly defensive, even if that is your normal reaction. Step back from the situation and see the humor. Laughing about it, especially with others, can help you realize how trite embarrassing situations can be. It’s in our own minds that embarrassing incident seems to have such great impact. Seeing the absurdity helps you move forward and will better equip you for your next embarrassing situation. Eventually, another one will come around.
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