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In a corporate setting, every meeting can be a competition for resources, recognition or rewards.
If a senior interrupts you, it would not be counted against you, but it is a peer who has interrupted you to dominate and boost their own presence, it can negatively impact your status.
In case of serial interruptions, it can be difficult to keep your composure, but do not get rattled. If a peer is interrupting you continuously, try to focus on your message and resume talking after taking a deep breath.
If things start to become awkward, reach out to the person after the meeting and clarify yourself, and let it be known to them how their interrupting you made you feel. Seek feedback if required.
Research shows that even the best listeners of the world, professional listeners like teachers, therapists, counsellors, coaches, listen only for about 11 seconds at a time.
Humans expect and even crave for people who will not interrupt them, and listen to them attentively when they speak, no matter how long they speak. Humans long for undivided attention from the other person, but it is hard to find anyone who will not interrupt a person speaking, or will be a gentle, active and patient listener.
A task that's interrupted can
Even though, getting into the focused state takes a while but once we are in it, the productive flow is really enjoyable & fulfilling!
DID YOU KNOW?!?
* A "Got a minute?" (or interruption), on average takes 23 mins. to get back to the original task & another 30 mins. to return to the fully productive flow state.
* Frequent task switching also known to significantly increase stress levels (vs. single handling).
* According to Basex Research, interruptions costs the U.S. Economy $588 Billion a year in lost productivity!
In The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains , Nicholas Carr explains how our brain, through neuroplasticity, adapts in response to changes in our environment, like technology innovations, which means we gain and lose certain skills. Social media, email, and team communications tools stimulate our very human desire to want to connect with people and access novel information but diminish the focus and processing skills that our literacy culture of books and newspapers built up. As Carr writes :
“[E]ach interruption brings us a valuable piece of information… And so we ask the Internet to keep interrupting us, in ever more and different ways. We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive.”
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