If interrupting is a favorite speech pattern of the socially unskilled, so is the "flip side": talking non-stop such thatnobody else can get a word in edgewise.If you are a passionate, enthusiastic person who genuinely adoreslife, then it's REALLY EASY to lapse into this mode. And normally passion and enthusiasm are REALLY good things.But if you consistently notice that those with whom you areconversing are trying crowbar a comment here and there, and all youcan think is "How RUDE it is that this person keeps TRYING tointerrupt me", then you COULD BE the reason why others feel they'veGOT TO interrupt.Here's a quick head-check. A great tip for BALANCING conversationis to speak exactly as we're all taught to WRITE...in PARAGRAPHS. A PARAGRAPH, of course, is a block of text conveying a SINGLETHOUGHT (except in e-mail newsletters, where it works better toinsert more frequent breaks for easy reading, natch.)So how about it? Do you converse with others a SINGLE THOUGHT at atime, thereby allowing your friend to chime in with a response?Or, do you repeat phrases like "...which reminds me", "...and not only that", or "...and here's what else" a lot?If you bounce from point to point without pausing for interactionfrom the other person, you're flat-out not leaving room for thatperson to offer his or her own thoughts. And that's a solid recipe for NEVER having the opportunity toconverse with that other person again.
3) Assuming Experts Are Clueless
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