Silence is not awkward. It is only awkward if you make it awkward.
Silence doesn’t always mean that you have nothing to say to each other.
Remember, it’s only silence. It’s your own thoughts and feelings about that silence that might make it awkward. Too often, during that silence, we think ‘what is the other thinking right now about this break in the conversation’. That makes us feel awkward about the silence. And then when we feel awkward, what we communicate is awkward. And then it just might come out awkward.
Sometimes the best parts of a conversation are the moments of silence in between the sentences, when nothing is said.
Sometimes, in those few seconds of silence – even though it may feel like it’s much longer – we reflect on what was just shared and take it in.