Ever get into a conversation with someone and it’s so excitable that you and they interrupt each other? You’re so enthusiastic about whatever the topic is, that you cannot wait to get a word in edgewise. I do this. You probably do this. We all do this, but dang is it ever annoying.In personal relationships, I am guilty as charged.
We learn about things that irritate us, because they are things we ourselves do. The mirror.
Sometimes I’ll be speaking to girlfriend or family member and we interrupt the heck out of each other. But yesterday during a job interview, I couldn’t help but get triggered by the person on the other end of the phone, who, non-stop, interrupted every statement I made. It’s one thing, I think, to interrupt those closest to you, especially if that’s part of the dynamic of your relationship. But seriously, when you’re in a professional discussion, with someone for the first time, let it breathe man!
I had to talk over this person and repeat myself, over and over again, and make my voice louder, and louder so they’d get the hint and stop. Finally, I’m not sure if we were disconnected or they hung up on me after I continued to try to finish a sentence and finally called them out for their rude behavior.
I’ve learned something here though. Allow the other person to spit out a sentence, please, for all that is holy. How do we get anywhere in our professional, and interpersonal relationships when we continually talk over each other?
Care to share your experience?