Why Being Interrupted Is Most Likely Your Fault…
Another reason why you may be getting interrupted is due to any distracting behaviors that are overpowering your message. When your body language is inconsistent with your message, your listener is confused with what you are saying. Do they follow your message or what your body language is communicating?
No one wants to follow someone who breaks under challenging situations… The perception others create of you consists of lacking confidence, credibility, trust and leadership. It is difficult to influence others to take action when your message isn’t heard or understood during the interruptions.
Your ideas are worth hearing. Build rather than jeopardize your influence…apply the following steps during every conversation:
1. Get to the point quickly. Oftentimes, the more you say, the more you confuse, resulting in frustrating your listeners. As their patience runs out, they interrupt to try to get the information they need from you. Remember, less is more!
2. Focus your passion. When we are passionate about a topic, we often feel compelled to tell our listeners everything we know about it. We think our listeners will be as passionate about it as we are. This is rarely true. Share your passion while keeping your message directed to what is important to your listeners. Your listeners are not interested in knowing your career history. Take the time prior to prepare (when you can) and during the conversation to answer the following questions:
- What is their knowledge level of your topic?
- What is their experience with your topic?
- What is their opinion on your topic?
- What do they need to know to take the action you are recommending?
4. Interaction. Get your listeners involved in the conversation so that they feel like they add value and that their opinions are heard. Without interaction, the conversation is one-sided.
5. Feedback. Consider the interruption a gift. An interruption is actually a friendly reminder that you need to get back on track or adapt your message to your listeners’ needs. Take this feedback and run with it.