Did you ever open your mouth and both feet jumped in? You said the wrong thing, and now what are you going to do about it?
If you realize it when you open your mouth, you might be able to just leave your feet there and stop breathing… You know, SHUT UP!
But most of us have gone past that moment, kept talking, and realized later, like three hours later on our way home from the meeting, that we screwed up. And by then it’s too late to ‘take it back’.
You might need to apologize.
Yeah, that’s a possibility. Or you might need to just stop seeing those people all together and go hide out in your cave for the rest of your life… That’s always a possibility. Just not the best one.
How about you test the waters?
“Hey, I said something last time we were together and I realized later it wasn’t what I meant to say, and it really probably screwed up what we both want from this relationship. Can I undo that and start over?”
Some people might let you. In fact, some people might recognize from that statement that you’re almost human and they really do like who you are.
Be a person of integrity and fess up. It’s always the best option. Do overs? Yeah, go ahead, ask. You might get lucky and get to start over with a prospective client.
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