Shut down? Here’s your immediate action plan
Avoid small talk
You might be tempted to smooth over any awkwardness by changing the subject to something light, like upcoming weekend plans, but make it easy on both of you and just wrap things up. This shows you respect your boss’ time.
Make your exit
It’s normal to feel upset, but focus on keeping your parting words professional and succinct. You can’t go wrong with a simple, “Thank you for taking the time to hear me out.”
Take a break
Your colleagues shouldn’t be privy to an emotional cool down. Go for a walk around the block to collect yourself.