If two people are speaking, and you want to speak with one of those person’s, and it’s important, or in urgency — it just can’t wait, and you probably have to leave. Here are a few tips.
- EXCUSE ME FOR JUST A MOMENT.
- MAY I INTERRUPT YOU?
- PARDON ME. …& APOLOGIZE to the person speaking to your intended party for the interruption.
- Now that you’ve just interrupted someone’s conversation — MAKE YOUR INTERACTION WITH THE INTENDED PARTY QUICK — LIKE QUICK! and…
If you CANNOT make it quick
- POLITELY STANDBY AND WAIT for them to finish talking, because they will see you in their peripheral. And being the professionals that they are, they will not monopolize each other’s time to network, and they will hasten their conversation for others.
- They may feel pressured, but that’s not your concern, you’re there to get what you need to get.
…it’s that simple.
I seen this happen two times during my recent young professionals event, and one of them was ME. So what did I do? I burned a hole right through this young lady with my glare. And she introduced herself at the end of their conversation — I had no idea who she said her name was; nor did I care, because I needed to get back to my intended party.
WHY THE TIP? Because when someone interrupts your conversation, you feel annoyed primarily, but also disrespected. So PLEASE Don’t Do This. You only make yourself look bad.
WAS I UPSET? Heck no! (Don’t exert that energy) I was annoyed. But I said to myself, this is a teaching lesson, that I absolutely needed to blog about. 🙂