How To Deal With Awkward Moments

May 4, 2021

Laura Duff


What is the nature of awkwardness? In my experience, when I feel awkward I truly believe it’s the other person’s fault because I like to define myself as somebody who is not awkward. I have had a few changes with that thought though. You see, awkwardness is a perspective. Even if somebody else feels awkward, it doesn’t mean you have to. They may be looking through their awkward lenses but that doesn’t mean you have to take a peak.

As a coach, teacher, or tutor, you will experience awkward moments, and that’s just life. But take yourself out of the situation for a second. When you have been taught by someone, whether it be at school, university, or even one-on-one coaching, you truly believe as a student that your teacher knows it all. Even as an adult, you count on them to guide you. So when the moment of awkwardness arises, you need to play the part of a guide/leader. Learn to ignore the awkwardness and take the lead.

Awkward silence doesn’t matter. Be comfortable in the silence. Often your client will want a break anyway. If you or the other person have said something awkward, move on from it. You can literally ignore what happened and then change the subject. With you not reacting and disregarding the moment so much, they will maybe even think you didn’t hear, or that you heard them wrong. The moment will seize to exist.

Own your awkward moments.  

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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