Ending A Conversation With A Senior Person

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I make sure I don't overstay my welcome?
  • How do I know when the conversation is over?
  • How do I excuse myself?

Our guidance on how to know when to end a conversation with a senior person.

We see a lot of advice about asking for informational interviews or talking to more senior people in your company about how to get ahead. We don't disagree with the advice in general - the problem is it's always given from the point of view of the person who wants something, and rarely takes into account what the senior person in the conversation might want or need.

If the conversation doesn't go well, then you may not be able to use that relationship to get more information in the future. One of the tricks to having it go well, is knowing when to end it. In this cast, we'll tell you how to know when.

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By I can't seem to look past the first page. Anyone else figure out how to do this? I am sure I'm just having a fool's moment.



Fool's moment is over.



Clues are important.  Watch or there will be consequences.

I do not think I am that senior and someone asked me for help on her career.  I specifically told her that I have 20 minutes. She said, "okay."   After 10 minutes, I said I have 10 minutes left.  She said, "okay." Long story short, after another 10, I said I really have to do.  She said, just another minute which turned to 15.  At which time, I told her I had to leave and left my office.

Long story short, when I get a call and I see her name on the phone, I do not pick up unless I have an hour.  I rarely if ever have an hour.