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March 3, 2005

Excerpts: Never Eat Alone - Part VII

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Make a Graceful Exit
How do you conclude a conversation? During meetings and social gatherings, Im often quite blunt. Ill mention something meaningful that was said in the course of our conversation and say, There are so many wonderful people here tonight; Id feel remiss ifI didnt at least try and get to know a few more of them. Would you excuse me for a second? People generally understand, and appreciate the honesty. Theres also always the drink option. Ill say: Im going to get another drink. Would you like one? If they say no, I dont have an obligation to come back. If they say yes, Ill be sure to enter into another conversation on my way to the bar. When I return with a drink, Ill say, I just ran into some people you should meet. Come on over.
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About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.