A quick coffee before your meeting, while waiting in the car or on the way to the client from the railroad station and then, disaster! You add a decorative coffee stain to your shirt or blouse. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a spare. All that is required is a quick trip to the restroom to get changed. Most of us will, however, have no choice but to try to wash out the coffee stain, trading it for a wet patch.

If you are forced to face the world with a highly visible stain on your clothes, then try to make the best of it, proactively explaining your mishap with humor and self-irony. This will resolve the situation and transform your accident into a likeable conversation opener. The others will most likely view anyone who deals with a mishap so openly, unpretentiously, and humorously as surely also being a pleasant person to deal with…