Living on a campus full of students moving about from class to class, I find this happens often. The benefit is that I get to meet a lot of random people. That, or I continue awkwardly on my way.
Here are some ways to avoid this awkward encounter:
- If you know the person,
o Smile and wave first
o Greet by name, approach, and ask how things are going
o And if you did these things and the person either didn’t hear you or is obviously ignoring you, then continue on your way and forget the whole thing!
· If you don’t know the person,
o Instead of waving back, smile or nod
o Wait to see if the person is going to say anything to you before responding
o Or pretend that you didn’t notice, and continue on your way!
Do you have any other ideas?