Whether in your personal life,the workplace or business dealings, how to you handle an INTERRUPTER?
What is your best advice, to dealing with an individual, who habitually & continually INTERRUPTS while others are speaking?
Wait...may I interrupt? I have been guilty of interrupting people here and there and the things that got me to shut my big, fat mouth were when they either totally ignored me or they abruptly stopped talking to let me know that I would have my chance later..which usually never came. LOL
I usually just tell them flat out the minute they start to interrupt, "Please don't interrupt," and keep talking. If they're the bullying, know-it-all, domineering type, I repeat it again very firmly. "Please do not interrupt me. Ever. I will finish in a moment and then you may speak."
If they continue to interrupt or make a fuss, I point out that interrupting, talking over someone, insisting you be the only one to talk and no one else can offer a differing opinion, or insisting you get the last word makes you a bully. "Grownup adult people do not bully others, and as a grownup adult, you will not bully a conversation with me."
It's tough but for some people it's necessary.
First, I ignore them. Then if it irritatingly continues, I confront the individual in private expressing my emotions, why it is irritating, how it is rude, etc. If they continue to inturrupt, then I ignore their comments when they interrupt as if they never even spoke. It irritates them to no end. If the person is passive, they will learn from it around me. If the person is dominant, they will continue doing irritating things other than inturrupting which causes more problems that take great difficulty and effort to fix. Eventually, they mess up and are replaced.
People interrupt other people? Really? Can you imagine anyone even trying to interrupt me? When you speak at the speed of sound it is hard for anyone else to get a word in edgewise
Seriously, depends on who, depends on when. Some people I just take it with a grain of salt, others I give my full attention - for which they are eternally sorry.
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