It is important to set clear boundaries within your personal and professional life. There are times when you receive unwanted attention. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, that a person or situation seems to be “off”, it is best to take the offensive. If you get that feeling in your gut, listen to it. It is nature’s way of protecting us.
If you are looking for strategies to discourage instead of encourage an interaction with someone, my video talks about this. One way people do this is by putting on headphones or using earbuds and avoiding eye contact. Quite often you will see people doing this on a subway or bus. If that doesn’t work, you can pretend to be on the phone. If these do not work, then you need to take another tact. You need to be firm and can be kind at the same time. If you are sensing that your safety is an issue, seek out a safe place to move to with other people around. Maybe a public place would be best. In a workplace, you can’t always use this strategy. You may need to develop skills to manage these feelings. If, and only if, you and the other person can’t work things out, then you may need to call in your supervisor.