We have all had a Steve Urkel “Did I do that” awkward moment. You can either melt in embarrassment or come out on top. How you ask? Keeping with the theme of my posts the answer is keeping positive and staying creative. Most likely it is not the end of the world. There are some tips and tricks to come out of these common awkward moments without having to call in sick, getting beat up, or further embarrass yourself by crying a puddle of tears. Below I have examples of these common awkward moments and how you can conquer them:)
1.) The Fart
Lets face it, we all fart. I don’t care if your the Queen of England, Miss America, the President of the United Stats, or Oprah Winfrey. Passing gas is inevitable. As long as you are human and have intestines, gas will travel out of you and into someone else’s nostrils. But do not fret, here are some ways to get out of your trombone fart…..
– Farting at the gym
This is tough. Its difficult enough bearing the smell of everyones body odor let alone a lethal protein shake bomb. Your best chance of escaping the embarrassment is running. I don’t mean run away immediately after the fart, but going on the treadmill, elliptical, or even the step climber. This will ensure that your fart comes out in small spurts and will most likely go unnoticed, unless of course you fear it will smell like toxic waste. In this case find a treadmill or elliptical nearest the fattest sweatiest guy in the gym, then fart, give him judging eyes, and move to another machine.
–Have to fart during a business meeting? The easiest thing to do to avoid embarrassment would be to excuse yourself, but sometimes the power and timing of a fart are completely out of out control. In other words, the fart is bigger and stronger than you at this point. In elementary school you have been able to get away with a who can clap the loudest contest, but your an adult, give them a reason to clap, or hell start a clap. When someone is finished speaking make sure you let them know how much you LOVED what they had to say by starting a clap, then release the beast. Or if your afraid that no one will join in your clap fest, leave everyone laughing. The noise of laughter can overshadow any fart, but remember to try and keep it clean.
EXAMPLE: What do you call a cow on the floor? Ground Beef! (Feel free to come up with better ones :/)
2.) Either initiate all hugs and handshakes or none at all: We have all encountered the awkward do I go in for the hug/handshake moment and you end up doing an awkward dance. The best rule of thumb to avoid that dance is to chose to go all in or wait for the initiation.
Handshakes can be equally as awkward, and often times they hold more importance.
In my opinion the best way to avoid this is by being the friendly fellow in the room. Don’t wait for the world to come to you sparky, grab the bull by the horns and go in for a bear hug or that manly handshake that shows you mean business.
3.) Your joke causes an awkward silence
So your reenactment of that Dance Cook joke didn’t have your friends roaring with laughter? I’m shocked! But theres a few things you can do to break the awkward silence. The old phrase, “Do you guys want me to tell it again” will help make fun of yourself and allow your friends a laugh at your expense, you deserve it by telling them the lame joke :p If that doesn’t work this should……
Always remember it’s not the end of the world. If you keep a “this too shall pass” attitude you will recover.
And always remember, who ever smelt it dealt it.