4 Tips to Stop Interrupting
Many people have problems with interrupting others. With constant interruptions, effective communication is almost impossible. When we interrupt someone, it usually means we are not listening to them.
By offering our thoughts and opinions before the other person has properly expressed theirs, we run the risk of mentally shutting down from the conversation and ignoring valuable new information and insights.
If you recognise this tendency in yourself, try the following communication skills to stop interrupting
1. Communication skill: Write down what you wanted to say…
…instead of blurting it out.
Often, we interrupt because we don’t want to forget what comes to our minds while someone else is speaking.
As if to remind ourselves and “put it out there”, we blurt out what we’re thinking instead of writing it down.
If you don’t have a paper to hand, make a mental note and come back to your thoughts once it is the designated time for asking questions.
2. Communication skill: Focus on keeping your mouth shut.
And this means, physically focusing on keeping your lips together. You can do this as easy as you can focus on any aspect of your body.
Try it now: pay close attention to the pressure of your seat on your bottom. See how easy it is?
Often, we simply open our mouth while someone is talking because we’ve lost control over it, and control often stems from focus.
Of course, if we lose focus on keeping our mouth shut, we may still lapse…