How to manage awkward moments

Awkward moments are like that round-around-the-edges uncle that you fear as a child and end up being the best friends as adults.
 
Our knee-jerk reaction with uncomfortable moments is to find the quickest way out. Make a joke, change the subject, walk the other way, or simply say “awkward~.” But so-called “awkward” moments is where all the magic happens.
 
In that uncomfortable moment of awkwardness, you’d think people’s guard goes up, right? Shockingly, I’m finding the opposite.
 
Next time we find ourselves in an awkward situation, stop, take a breath, and look the other person in the eye. Their eyes tell of a giggle, fear, despise, or desperation… it’s absolutely absolutely full of connection.
 
What would happen if we say “Tell me. I’m listening”?
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