I love a great cause. World hunger, poverty, clean water – whatever. I love anything that helps make the world better. And now, I’m suggesting another great cause – stopping people who interrupt. Sound far-fetched? Maybe. But I’m convinced that more great ideas, innovative thinking, and brilliance have been squashed by interruptions than anything else. Think about it – when you’re interrupted – especially by a “serial interrupter” – doesn’t it infuriate you? Doesn’t it take the wind out of your sails, and the momentum from your thinking?
I have a friend who’s a serial interrupter. I’ve asked her to stop, but it doesn’t help. It’s gotten so bad I avoid her. I know she’s not trying to be a jerk, but she has no discipline or grace when it comes to conversations. Anytime an idea pops into her head – no matter how lame or inappropriate – she just blurts it out – no matter who’s talking. Drives me nuts.
I’ve been told that interrupting is the verbal equivalent of shoving, and I agree. Interrupters are conversational bullies – whether they mean to be or not. Learn to be comfortable with silence. Value the other person enough to let them finish. Let’s start a revolution of civilized conversation.