How to keep command of the conversation

stop interruptions with this simple strategy

๐Ÿ˜–Hate being interrupted?
Who doesn’t!

๐Ÿ˜€Try this strategy and watch those butt-ins go bye-bye!

How to stop people from interrupting you

‘Extending the invitation’ is my favorite strategy to stop repeat-offender interrupters because it gets the most surprised reactions at first, has THE BEST ‘after the meeting’ positive circle back effect is extending the invitation and is a TERRIFIC exercise to help you harness your power of self-command to master a moment that might otherwise get the better of you!

โ–ธCatalyst: You’re interrupted – for whatever reason and in whatever way.
โ–ธReaction: You react ONLY positively with an acknowledgment response.
โ–ธResponse: (finger or hand up – whatever halts the other person’s forward momentum in a non-confrontational way – and then statement) ‘Oh, hang on there just a sec – I wasn’t finished and I KNOW you’re going to have some great thoughts on this”.
๐Ÿ”‘ and this part is key ๐Ÿ‘‡
โ–ธInvitation: (addressing the original interrupter specifically) ‘Thanks for letting me keep the floor for that one [NAME] – I know we’re all very interested to know your thoughts on that’.

Why this works:

If you match the interruption with negativity – you will never get the floor, the attention you need or the willingness (critical) of anyone in the room to hear you out.

If the objective is to be heard – focus on strategizing how to BE heard, not on how you feel about being interrupted.

What about you – what’s your go-to strategy for getting heard?

๐Ÿ‘‹I’m Gretchen ๐Ÿ˜Ž
๐Ÿ‘‰I teach you to turn #adversity into #advantage.
๐ŸŽฏ Sane strategy. SERIOUS results.
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