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Declare Completion

 

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Description

Simply say that the conversation is complete, asserting the end of the discussion. You can soften this with qualifiers.

Another way to declare completion is by asking if the conversation is completed. Do this in a 'final' way that indicates that you believe there is nothing more to say on this topic.

Example

 I think that's about it. I've nothing more to say about that.

Are we done?

That's enough about sausages for now.

Discussion

Asserting completion can be an effective method of completion, but only when you are in a position where it will work. It can be seen as impolite and is not always politic with a superior such as a senior manager, for example. In reverse, where you have a position of seniority, it is easy and effective.

Declaring closure has particular effect when there is an implication that if the other person continues the conversation then they are breaking some social rules or will somehow appear inferior or stupid to disagree.

See also

Assertiveness, Authority principle

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