This is part two of a three-part series. Find part one here and part three here.
In this section, we will discuss the next six tactics from the list, starting with number six. See steps one through five here.
6. Interrupt Only When Absolutely Necessary
You probably know what it feels like when you are in the middle of sharing something and someone excitedly interrupts you because they have something they want to say. The conversation gets hijacked and is turned over to the other person without you ever finishing what you want to say.
When you are interrupting someone, it clearly shows two things. Firstly, it shows you are not listening, and you’re waiting for the opportunity to blurt out something that you were thinking about. Secondly, you are more focused on your own thoughts rather than those of the person speaking.
What to do:
Wait for the other person to finish speaking. The only time it may be appropriate to interrupt someone is if you are in a time sensitive situation and things are starting to go off topic.
Practice active listening. Try not to worry about a witty reply to say, and instead pay attention to what the other person is trying to express. Then, take a moment to take it in and respond.