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Set Expectations From The Beginning

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.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 5 Polite Ways to Deal With People Who Not-So-Politely Keep Interrupting You

Let it Go

Interruptions can be frustrating. But, the point here is that not all of them are worthy of addressing.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when faced with an interruption is nothing at all, particularly if it happens just once or very infrequently.

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Keep Going

Sometimes you can only fight fire with fire.

Refuse to pause for interruptions, and instead continue moving forward with your ideas. If needed, you can even pause for a second to address the interrupter and say, “one moment,” and then finish off your thought.

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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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Address it Head-on

You just need to be direct and let the interrupter know he needs to wait his turn.

You’ll also need to be firm to get your point across. But, just because you need to be blunt doesn’t mean you can’t be polite.

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4 Reasons Giving Constructive Criticism Goes Bad
  1. You’re not offering anything constructive if all you do is point out problems. You can still direct attention to an issue, but make sure that you follow up with a helpful suggestion.
  2. You’re offering unrequested input. Before speaking up, ask yourself if this is something that really even requires your input or if your input is properly qualified for the situation.
  3. You’re starting all wrong if you open with “No offense, but…” “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…” “This might sound really mean, but…” These introductions function as an advanced warning for rude or overly personal words to come.
  4. You’re too aggressive on how you deliver your message. To avoid it, maintain a happy and friendly tone with open body language. Also, choose words that clarify you are making suggestions—not demands, like using “might” or “could” instead of “should”.

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Enhance your Relationships
  • Give your undivided attention. Put away the cell phone, set aside your task list and quiet your internal monologue.
  • Check your personal agenda at the door. Resist the urge to chime in with your parallel experience and let their story play out.
  • Give space and allow for silence. Sometimes people need a pause to gather their thoughts.
  • Open up your language. Use open-ended questions, such as "how" or "what" to invite exploration and communicate curiosity and lack of judgment.
  • Reach out regularly to show them that you care. 

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