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5 Polite Ways to Deal With People Who Not-So-Politely Keep Interrupting You

By | Kat Boogaard |

“I’ve been giving it some thought,” I said in a team meeting at one of my previous full-time jobs, “And I really think the partner listings on our website would function better if we…”

“Let me jump in,” interjected one of my co-workers, before I was even able to finish my thought and put my idea out on the table. She proceeded to charge forward with her suggestion, as I sat stunned and slack-jawed at the other end of the conference room table.

Sound familiar to you? We’ve all dealt with those people who continuously chime in with their two cents, with very little (ahem, zero) regard for the fact that you were literally just in the middle of a sentence. It’s rude, frustrating, and ultimately pretty counterproductive.

So, you find yourself left with a bit of a quandary—what’s the best way to react when you’re suddenly interrupted? You can’t just jump right back in and cut off that person, or you’d find yourself in this vicious circle of constant conversational disruptions. But, at the same time, you don’t want to let this person continue to get away with steamrolling you.

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