Why do people keep interrupting me?
November 18, 2009 5:58 AM Subscribe
People routinely interrupt me when I'm speaking in a group. Why does this happen, and how can I stop it?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (37 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Apparently there's something about the way I speak that makes people think it's ok to interrupt me. I watch other people speak in small groups, and they mostly get to get to the end, period, before someone else speaks. They sometimes even pause, for effect, or to recall something, and then continue without interruption. I, on the other hand, seem to be interrupted the moment I stop to draw breath, and I think as a result, have developed this manic fast speaking style that often finds me getting ahead of my train of thought. Have you had this problem, and if so, how did you correct it? Is this a "public speaking" issue? I thought about Toastmasters, but this isn't really a podium problem, it's more a meeting problem.