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Interactive video lesson plan for: How to Change the Subject

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Step 1: Shift the subject
Shift the subject by listening for words in a conversation that can lead you to a memorable or funny situation off the current topic.

Step 2: Distract the speaker
Distract the speaker by asking if they or anyone listening to the conversation needs a drink or a snack.

Be polite by saying, "Excuse me," first.

Step 3: Ask a question
Ask a question that is designed to change the focus of the conversation.

Step 4: Give a compliment
Give a compliment to the speaker about their appearance, weight, outfit, or overall look.

Step 5: Mention changing the subject
Mention bluntly that you are going to change the subject. Use a smile to keep it from being more uncomfortable than it may already be and talk about something positive.

Did You Know?
Did you know? More than four in 10 teenagers polled say things over instant message that they wouldn't say in person.

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