5 Keys to Interrupting Talkers


Listen carefully to your interlocutor for a few minutes then try to identify what really motivates his flow of words: the need to capture attention? The desire to dominate you? His inability to change the subject because he’s trapped in a problem he’s struggling to solve? This exercise will dissipate some of the nervousness caused by your forced passive listening and allow you to better position yourself.


Apologize for doing it and find a tone and formula that suits what you have decoded. Don’t let yourself be manipulated if he tries “I’d like to finish explaining”, don’t hesitate to tell him that he has largely covered the subject and that you have understood.

Be concise

After having interrupted your interlocutor, bounce back on one of his remarks, in a brief and concise manner, to show him that you have listened and understood and that the floor is now on your side. Don’t let yourself be interrupted and don’t hesitate to repeat “it’s my turn to speak now”.

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Own the talk

Don’t just comment on his speech: share your ideas and personal experiences. Or change the subject if you feel like it. If your interlocutor tries to go back on his remarks, once again, do not let yourself be intimidated, remind him that the subject of the discussion has changed and that he is late! A little humor can help get your messages across.

End the conversation

If it’s gone on too long for your liking or you’re bored with the subject, say you need to end the conversation because you’re in a hurry or tired. Keep in mind that rudeness is not on the side of the one who interrupts but of the one who, without any empathy, imposes his logorrhea without asking any questions.

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