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Whether you’re speaking up in a team meeting or you’re conducting a presentation, it’s important to be clear that you'll need to get all of your ideas out there before opening the floor to questions and contributions.
This sets the tone right from the get-go that you’re aiming to share your ideas free of interruptions. This also makes it easy to halt an interrupter in his tracks.
Interruptions aren’t all bad: some of them can actually be pretty valuable contributions to the conversation.
So, when one of your co-workers jumps in, asking probing questions can be a great way to address the issue without direct confrontation or aggression and even allow you to get some beneficial ideas and added value out of the exchange.
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