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I like to share information that helps people, so Kathryn Vasel’s article about what to do when you are cut off in a meeting caught my eye. Why is this an issue? Because if you are constantly being interrupted and don’t regain control, you may not be seen as adding value. A writer at CNN Business, Vasel shares tips to “regain your ground without causing tension.”
Don’t assume ill intent. The interrupter doesn’t always have malicious intentions. I can attest to this, as I often speak up when I’m passionate about a topic and excited to share my thoughts.
Remain calm and reclaim the floor. Say something like, “Joe, I appreciate your insights, but I want to finish my thought.”
Manage expectations up front. If you’re giving a presentation, say at the start that you will take questions at the end.
The article states that if your boss cuts you off, it’s probably not a good idea to publicly challenge him or her, although I would, because I don’t view standing up for myself as challenging anyone. (Maybe this is why I’m now an entrepreneur who works for myself, and not an employee.) The recommended course of action is to have a one-on-one conversation with your boss later to say that you didn’t get a chance to share your thoughts in the meeting because you were interrupted.
WHAT CAN I DO? Speak up. Being interrupted isn’t fun or productive, so the next time it happens to you, quickly regain control. The tips above will help you turn a frustrating situation into a positive one and show everyone that you add value.