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Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

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Do you ever get interrupted when you speak?

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Don’t you just hate that!

I read something the other day that made me laugh. “Is the middle of my sentence interrupting the beginning of yours?”

In my mind, interrupting someone means that they are not listening to what you are saying. If they are not listening to you, you are wasting your time and any productive communications with this person is out the window.

  • They don't not think your contribution is worth as much as theirs
  • They have little respect for you
  • They are apathetic towards meetings and communicating
  • They have another agenda
  • They want the meeting over sooner rather than later

Interrupting in business and personal situations is simply rude and unacceptable as far as I am concerned.

The only way to change an interrupters habit is to address it with the person, preferably in private if possible.

But if someone continues to interrupt in a public forum, I think it is all right to address it in that situation, but you must have some techniques to identify and address the interruptions when they are happening. Some interrupters do not realize when or how much they are interrupting until someone discusses it with them.

In my experience, I would react immediately to the interruption with an “excuse me, may I finish please?” and if that did not work a simple hand gesture where I would raise my index finger (not the other one) to indicate a stop for “one” moment. The person usually stops and I would continue to my completed point and then hand it over the other person.  I have some other ideas; all you have to do is ask.

People seldom intend to irritate or upset you by interrupting, so your first approach to this situation and the person, should always be with that in mind.

Just watch the next similar situation and see how the involved parties handle themsevles.


Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

Passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives in both business and personal environments!


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