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Effective ways to stop people from interrupting you  

Communication Skills Training:  Do you ever find yourself in a conversation where you can't seem to get a word in edgewise? Or perhaps you're constantly interrupted when trying to make a point or share an idea? Interruptions can be frustrating and can prevent effective communication from taking place. Fortunately, there are several techniques that you can use to stop people from interrupting you. In addition to the common methods of saying "I'm speaking" or "I'm still speaking," here are two other techniques that you can try:

  1. Use a visual cue: Sometimes, people don't realize that they are interrupting you. One way to prevent this is to use a visual cue to signal that you are still talking. For example, you can hold up your hand or use a finger to indicate that you need a moment to finish your thought. This non-verbal communication can be very effective in getting people to pause and allow you to finish speaking. Additionally, it can help you maintain control of the conversation without having to resort to more aggressive methods.

  2. Redirect the conversation: Another technique for preventing interruptions is to redirect the conversation back to your original point. If someone interrupts you, you can acknowledge their comment, but then steer the conversation back to your topic. For example, you can say "That's an interesting point, but what I was trying to say is..." By doing this, you are able to maintain control of the conversation and ensure that your ideas are heard. It can also help to keep the conversation on track and prevent it from getting sidetracked.

In conclusion, interruptions can be a major hindrance to effective communication. However, by using these two techniques in addition to the common methods of saying "I'm speaking" or "I'm still speaking," you can prevent interruptions and ensure that your ideas are heard. Remember, effective communication is a two-way street, and it's important to be respectful and listen to others as well. By practicing these techniques and being mindful of how you communicate, you can create a more productive and harmonious environment for conversation.

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