Idiots Who Interrupt

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    Aug 16, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    Just wondering what you guys do when you run across this. Our company president is one of those who constantly interrupts. Constantly. Initially I attributed it to insecurity and just let it go. Now I say -- with increasing anger -- something like, "I was not finished," or "Excuse me, I was in the middle of a sentence," or more sarcastically, "May I finish my sentence" or the old stand-by, "Sorry to keep talking while you interrupt me."

    That shuts him up and for a while he watches his manners, but then it starts again. I'm not trying to annoy the person who owns the company, but really, this is getting old.

    I thought about saying, "Pardon me, but were you brought up in a barn," but I don't think that would go over too good. Any suggestions, and does this sort of thing happen to you?
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:40 PM GMT
    I tend to murder people like that. icon_evil.gif

    Those people are control freaks. Always wanting the upper hand in a conversation - hence the interruptions.
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    My ex was like that. One of the reasons he's an ex.
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    Aug 16, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    When someone interrupts, I find a cold, hard stare of intense anger in their direction is usually pretty effective...

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    Aug 16, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    a quick pimp slap to the face should be sufficient.
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    Aug 16, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    I interrupt them back after about 2 seconds, give no feedback or attention to what they said, and continue where I left off as if there was no interruption. It takes a few times at first but seems to work well in getting them to stop for the remainder of the conversation.
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    Aug 16, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    Fable saida quick pimp slap to the face should be sufficient.


    ^^This man's on the right track.
  • Squarejaw

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    Aug 16, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    Then quit talkin' so damn slow!


    ("And I, just, like, think that, you know, that, maybe, if we, like, do this, then, you know, it might, like, you know, be, like, bad.")
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    Aug 16, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    Knock, knock.

    Who's there?

    Interrupting cow.

    Interrupting cow wh--?

    MOO.
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    Aug 16, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Just keep talking over him until he stops. Then once he's done talking over you, repeat what you just said.
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    I agree that he and his habit are a royal pain in the rear, but remember, his company makes your lifestyle possible with that thing called a paycheck. Sounds like it may be time to move on and let him revel in his world without spoiling yours.
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidWhen someone interrupts, I find a cold, hard stare of intense anger in their direction is usually pretty effective...



    Well I'm not so sure... That hottie that interrupted our Dumb bell lateral raise today... who asked for a spot. Well Lets just say I was let standing there with two dumb bells while you ran off to "assist him" I think I got the cold stare there icon_smile.gif
  • kinetic

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidWhen someone interrupts, I find a cold, hard stare of intense anger in their direction is usually pretty effective...



    That's great! I'm gonna do that tonight at work.

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Oh I don't do interruption.

    I will stop the conversation flat out and put it back on track. There is no need to indulge really bad behaviour.

    Terry
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    Okay, so let's see if we have the right picture:

    Group of guys standing around the mail area...employee says to the others, "You guys won't believe my weekend, it was so great...blah blah blah..."
    Boss interrupting: "Shouldn't you guys be doing something more productive like working?"
    Employee retorts, "Excuse me I was in the middle of a sentence..."

    Is that about it? icon_eek.gif (just kidding, of course...)
  • DCEric

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:23 PM GMT
    gulp... I am the bad guy here. I interrupt and don't even know I am doing it. Sometimes it is because I think the other person is done, but that period turns out to be a comma.

    Generally I don't even know I am doing it. I also tend to start fixing problems without realizing that the other person wasn't asking for help.

    Between these two things I have figured out that it is because I am living at a faster (my parents are from NYC) pace of life than people function down here in Baltimore-Washington. It is even worse when I am over seas or in the South. I have started counting to 10, in my head, after I think the other person finishes, to slow myself down. Sometimes even that doesn't work.

    Basically what I am trying to say is... don't lump those of us who do that without knowing it, with those of us who just think they are more important.
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidWhen someone interrupts, I find a cold, hard stare of intense anger in their direction is usually pretty effective...



    Let's see how good that works after I poke you in the eye..
    nuk nuk
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    Have you tried serving a "slice of that pie" right back at him? Interrupt him when he is speaking and when he objects, point it out. Then your point will be presented when he is feeling what you mean.

    ...so, just how up-to-date is your resume? ... icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    Hit that bitch with a bottle.

    But if you like your job:

    Just casually mention "as I was saying" EVERYTIME after you were interrupted.
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    Aug 16, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    If I don't really know the person, I let it slide. When I notice it happens far too often - as in more than once after the initial offense - I usually just say, "excuse me, but I wasn't finished speaking yet."

    Normally, if nothing else, this startles the interrupter into silence. Seize this split second opportunity to finish your story!
  • Timbales

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    Aug 16, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    The second in command at work does this to me all the time. I take it as a sign that he has no respect for me.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 17, 2008 12:05 AM GMT
    What about the idiots who insult icon_question.gif
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    Aug 17, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    Once upon a time I cared about interruptions in my lectures. The very effective trick I was taught was to stop at the first sign of interruption and begin the lecture again from the beginning. The students sort out the interruptors pretty quickly.

    Nowadays, I don't care. It's their loss, I get paid anyway.

    May not work too well in a work environment.
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    Aug 17, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    Do what judge Marilyn Milian from the People's Court does and respond firmly and harshly with, "Excuse me but did I breathe and give you the impression that I was done speaking?!" That'll shut him up real quick.
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    Aug 17, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    I continue to talk and I raise my voice and if they STILL continue, I look at them and say "Um, yeah my turn then when I'm done, you can talk. Thanks!" Works EVERY TIME!!