How To Interrupt A Non-stop Talker By Gene Griessman
Memorize power phrases, power statements, and power questions to help you get off the phone or interrupt non-stop talkers.
If the other person goes on and on, one way to interrupt is to wait until the individual breathes. Even the most long-winded talker has to breathe. Then say the person’s name, followed by a comment such as, “Susan…I’m sorry to interrupt, but I’ve got a call coming in that I can’t afford to miss. Let me get right back to you.”
A friend of mine says simply, “Can I call you right back?” She doesn’t explain why, leaving it to the other person to think that perhaps the doorbell rang or there was an emergency.
One of my friends, who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons, has a toy phone with a real-sounding ring that he keeps on his desk. When a caller goes on too long, he presses it and says, “Sorry, I’ve got to catch that.”
Another excellent way to end a conversation is to say, “I’d better let you go.” This indicates that you are respectful of the other person’s time while accomplishing your own goal of getting off the line.
There’s an entire chapter devoted to how to defend yourself against time thieves in the best-seller TIME TACTICS OF VERY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
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