There are a lot of resources online that help prepare social media users on how to say hello to their online friends and start a conversation. On Livebeam, there are even conversation starter suggestions and notifications that help you find the right match of who to chat with.
With the abundance of these resources and the extra help from some communication platforms like Livebeam, a lot of people are optimized to start a conversation. However, many people do not know how to end it. Think about it, there are so many conversation starters online but not so many conversation enders.
In the spirit of holistic communication, Livebeam decided to come up with these 12 unique and effective ways to end a conversation. The good part is that these endings help to promote anticipation for further conversations and sometimes even set up more communication in the future.
A Little Secret
Before we begin, it’s important to know the secrets to a great last impression. Here are 3 of the most important ones:
- Don’t end it abruptly
- Point out how you felt about the whole conversation
- Take the attention away from your exit
Let’s head right into it.
1. Give the Reasons for Your Exit
This is the simplest thing to do when you are about to leave the discussion. The least the person deserves is an explanation for why the chat is coming to an end. This action also shows that you are considerate and the person will fully understand that they have nothing to do with it.
Example: “I’m so sorry, but I have to go pick up my kids. I will talk to you some other time.”
2. Notify the Time
As much as we could chat all day, especially on a very comfortable platform such as Livebeam, everyone is still limited by time. Using time as an exit strategy is very valid no matter the time of the day. It’s a polite way of saying the discussion has been on for so long. You would be surprised that the person also has something else to do once you make them aware of the time.
Example: “Wow, look at the time! It’s afternoon already. I have to leave now, It’s been nice talking to you.”
3. Introduce the Concluding Discussion
One thing that Livebeam users have in abundance is topics of discussion. They never run out of topics. Not to mention that Livebeam supplies some topic suggestions. Knowing that the discussion can go on forever, another way to exit is to introduce the next topic as the final one. This will create a limit to the chat and you are good to go.
Example: “Lastly, before I go, I wanted to know what you think about Livebeam”
4. Postpone the Current Topic of Discussion
As a continuation of the option above, you could probably not have the luxury to have one more conversation. One way you can go about this is by moving the current topic of discussion to the next time you both meet again. This way, you stop earlier and already have the first topic of discussion for the next time.
Example: “I’m really interested in talking about this further, we should get to it the next time we talk.”
5. Plan Future Discussions
A strong way to end a conversation is to plan for the next one. It shows that your exit is not final and anyone would appreciate the intention. You can do this by using the present discussions to think about more things you want to know, afterward you let them know what you are coming back for.
Example: “It was really exciting hearing about your preparations to relocate. I’m leaving now but when we speak next I want to know all about how you settled down at your new place.”
6. Consider Their Schedule
This strategy wouldn’t work for everyone but if you have the chance you can use it. It also depends on the knowledge you get during chats. Livebeam users are more like close friends so they tend to tell each other their plans. If a planned event is close you can use it to disperse the chat. This way, you are not just asking to leave, you are also being a helpful reminder.
Example: “It’s almost time for your rehearsal, let me not take much of your time.”
7. Send Regards to Other People in Their Lives
This is a popular exit strategy in face-to-face conversations but it can also be used online. The idea is that sending regards to other people in their lives introduces the closing moments of the conversation and you end it on a positive note that takes away the focus from your exit and rather to the people they should greet on your behalf.
Example: “It’s been nice chatting with you, we should do this again. Send my regards to your brother”
8. Summarize the Whole Conversation
It’s just like some of our teachers did back in the day when the class was coming to an end, they went through everything discussed. You can do this briefly, acknowledging how fun-packed and informative the conversation was. And with that, you can draw the curtain on the conversation.
Example: “I loved talking about football, Livebeam, and politics with you today. I have to go but, hopefully, we pick some more fun topics when we chat again.”
9. Appreciate the Person
Sometimes, you just have to leave. However, during these instances, courtesy is still demanded. A little appreciation goes a long way, especially among online friends. The creators on Livebeam are always available to chat but they also love it when you acknowledge how you had a great time.
Example: “Chatting with you has been so fun, thank you for keeping me company.”
10. Give Feedback
This is quite similar to appreciation, but there’s a slight difference. Appreciations generally involve just a vote of thanks. With feedback, you let them know the impact the conversation made on you. This is particularly important on Livebeam as the platform seeks to promote genuine conversations among individuals.
Example: “This was one of the most educative discussions I’ve had in a while. I will love to do this again some other time.”
11. Apologize If It Has To End Abruptly
You can’t control what comes up every time. Sometimes, the conversation has to end abruptly for you to handle other things. But never fail to recognize the sudden nature of the exit and apologize for it.
Example: “Unfortunately something just came up and I have to go, I’m really sorry but I hope we can do this again some other time.”
12. Response Kindly To Their Conversation Enders
As much as you prepare, you won’t be the one to end the conversation every time. We decided to use the final tip to tell you how to respond to their endings. You have to be considerate and polite towards whatever reason they have given. This will keep the communication solid, and who knows? They just might have read this same article.
Example: “Oh, it’s fine. I had a nice time today, maybe we can catch up another time.”
The popular saying is that first impressions matter. Well, Livebeam is here to tell you that final impressions last. You can use these different conversation enders to conveniently end any discussion and set it up for another time. If you are in search of people online to have genuine conversations and make friends, you can sign up on Livebeam to enjoy all the friendly offers of the platform and also put some of these conversation enders to the test.