It’s never easy for an introvert to be heard in a group of extroverts. Here are some simple things you can say that can make the difference between getting your two cents in and going home with change in your pocket.
To politely interrupt someone, try saying:
- No one is more is hypnotized by the sweet dulcet tones of your pointless rants than me. Might I suggest another option?
- This is the first time I’ve seen someone’s clothes go out of style as they spoke.
- I didn’t hear what you said. I was growing up in Ohio.
- I’d like to make a point before I lapse into a coma.
- I need to speak now. My doctor says I only have 70 years to live.
When someone tries to interrupt you, try saying:
- I was polite enough to listen to your position which I believe you began explaining during the Carter Administration.
- You startled me. I almost pulled out my gun and started firing indiscriminately.
- Am I interrupting your interruption?
- Go ahead. I normally finish my thoughts in mid-sentence.
- Your babbling incoherent boorishness has been noted.