Do Not Be Afraid to Interrupt, If You Know What You Are Talking

Interrupt others – rude, impolite and may cause irritation. It is also an absolute must if you are in an aggressive professional environment. It was a lesson that had to learn to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Regardless of whether you are educated to not interrupt, there are times when your profession may require that you spoke and inserted himself. But how do you assess the difference between the rough talk about someone and properly self-assertion? Madeleine Albright suggests that the main difference – is knowing what you are saying:

But if you’re going to kill, you must know what you are talking about. And it should be a strong voice. My work – it’s a bit of a zoo, because I tell people, men and women, not to raise their hands and do not interrupt. But I think it’s a lesson. And it was a lesson even for me, to preach it, be in a position in the Security Council, where I kind of said, “Did not I just have to wait and at first did not speak?” But if you raise your hand, and by the time you do, you will not be asked, then what you had to say, no longer makes sense. This is not the case. So, I came up with the term “active listening” – you listen in a different way, if you think you are going to kill. Because, frankly, there are people who talk too much.

If you are a new person in the group and are still learning, then let the word will be different in the room. However, if you have something worthwhile, do not hesitate to talk about it. Presumably, you have come here for some reason, and not for decoration of office chairs.

Madeleine Albright says, “Learn to interrupt, but only if you know what you say┬╗ | section


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