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Teach an interrupter to back off

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Motormouths jump on whatever you’re saying and babble at will. Don’t let them. When talking with high-strung gabbers, make them aware when they interrupt. After they cut in, wait for a break and say, “I didn’t get to finish. Let’s back up.” Do this each time they interrupt. Many people mistakenly encourage interrupters by allowing them to butt in and control the conversation. If you let this happen, you send a message that you don’t really care.

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