What Do You Say When You Don't Know What to Say

What to say when you don't know what to say?
Photo by Alex Holyoake.

Oooooh, I love this! What do you say when you just have no idea what to say?

Author Austin Kleon (of Steal Like an Artist) shared a collection of the ways he responds to tough situations, and it's quite useful.

Here are two particularly interesting ones:

When someone tells you about their job and you have no idea how to follow up on it, say "Wow, that sounds hard."

Everyone has something hard about their job! You have just showed respect and caring! They will now share with you the challenges of their job!

When you want to tell someone to their opinion is garbage, instead say "You might be right."

Apparently, it leaves them feeling a little unsatisfied, which is satisfying for you.

Do you have any go-to ways to fill silences or respond to impossible situations?


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