Harvard Business Review

How to Handle Interrupting Colleagues

How should you handle interrupters? Here are some simple strategies. Photo: Colourbox

You’re giving a presentation on the company’s strategic direction when one of your colleagues interrupts you. You pause, address his question and continue with your point — until he interrupts again. Sound familiar?

All of us have known colleagues, friends or romantic partners who seem unable to let us finish a sentence. How do you handle them effectively? There are a number of tactics, but it is important to understand when and why people interrupt others...

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