- What is your biggest communication challenge?
- Would you like to figure out how to change this to make your life a bit easier?
If so, please don’t move! 🙂
Coaching clients share their communication challenges with me. Not feeling heard seems to be the winner with many of their responses.
The second communication challenge is when others interrupt them.
This article will give you a couple of responses to use when others can’t help themselves from interrupting you or taking over the conversation.
Let’s get started!
Communication Challenge Strategy #1: Think of a Clever Response
I’ve used the same words as the poster when I’m with friends or colleagues. I actually say, “Excuse me for talking while you are interrupting.” I usually get a smile or an apology. This is a good thing.
I don’t suggest that you use this idea with your boss or someone really serious.
Communication Challenge Strategy #2: Take a Breath Before You Open up Your Mouth
You will not hear me ask you or anyone to stay silent – unless you are staying silent for a reason and not just letting others roll over you! If you know me, this is not an option! I have said the following to the interrupter – without anger or frustration: “I want to hear what you have to say after I finish my thought.” This usually gets a great response from the other person.
There will be times when the interrupter gets mad or frustrated with you for saying these statements. I don’t care. Why is it ok for bullies or others to feel their rude behavior is ok and they get angry with you for speaking your truth? Stick with this idea. The more you use it, the easier it will be for you to have a decent conversation with this person.
Let’s Stay Connected
What is your worse communication challenge?
- People interrupting you?
- Others talking over you?
- Please add your pet peeve in the comment section.
You can reach out to me anytime to ask a question or share your communication concerns.
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Until next time,
Joyce Weiss, Master Coach
Queen of Conflict Resolution
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