« Last post by LETitbe on Yesterday at 11:45:38 PM »
At work, I'd say, "I'm going to remind you each time it happens. Here is my signal--I'll raise my hand with palm out, like a "stop" signal. You'll need to stop immediately."
I don't think this would be very effective because it comes across as condescending. Not that the interrupter doesn't deserve it, but I just don't think it would work in real life.
I usually find that humor works better than snark or authoritarian statements and actions because it allows people to "save face." I hope I am not a chronic interrupter, but if anyone ever did the quoted to me I would think they were treating me like a child and I would find that incredibly inappropriate for a workplace. However, the suggestions to say something like, "Hey, we were talking here!" with a big smile, or to say, "Yeah, Bill, sounds like EVERYthing I've done you've done better! But anyway, as I was saying, I was singing karaoke....."
I would not let the interrupter finish - I would "interrupt" the interrupter in a non-aggressive way.
I totally agree. Frankly, if someone suggested they would hold their hand up every time I did something they wanted me to stop in the workplace, they would get a serious eye roll from me, and I think they would probably lose the respect of my superiors, too. That's just not something that's appropriate to do to co-workers.
I try to use humor as often as possible in these situations. You have to continue seeing the person, and people tend to self-reflect more if they're not put on the defensive. Some really dense people may require more than this, but I think it's really aggressive to try to school him before you've even tried other methods.
Another non direct method would be to steer the conversation back to the original topic/speaker by spring boarding off the interrupter. Like, you're talking to someone about their weekend vacation, and interrupter comes in and starts talking about their oven breaking and not being able to make lasagna. You segue (possibly interrupting) with "Oh, Emma was just telling us about her vacation, I bet she had some awesome meals in Colorado! I heard the food there is very fresh!" and then let her talk again.