If someone walks into the room and feigns surprise and acts like they know me i have to immediately decide if I know them or not and what is the basis of the relationship. If I act like i don’t know them invariably the person will seek to provide context to help jog my memory.
This is where it gets interesting.
Do I play along and act like I know them? Or, do I politely say that I don’t know them or what they are talking about. This is a critical juncture. Your choices at this moment will impact the future of the relationship. If you tell the truth you will be building the foundation of an authentic relationship. Anything but the truth will create a false foundation upon which nothing of value will be gained by either party.
Adding another layer of “politeness” to mask the truth of the situation You will be doing both parties a disservice and sow the seeds of future problems. Politeness is not the same as being respectful.
There is more value to be gained from being truthful than being disingenuous…for you and those around you.
Get to the point.
Don’t waste your time with denial.
When life seems overwhelming most of us tend to hide out…to avoid addressing obvious truths.
Use truth and respect as a springboard towards both personal and business growth.