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Eric Bible 🙋🏻‍♂️

I love this article! Great work!

I’m trying to break into tech but my background has been business management for the better part of the last decade and I’ve always tried to use my influence for good, so to speak.

That said, your very first point really resonates with me because I often catch myself interrupting anyone in group conversations. It stems from an introverted confidence issue about not being heard/valued but I hate when I catch myself doing it. Anyhow, I’ll stay diligent!

Thanks for taking the time on this!

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Anna J McDougall Author

No worries Eric! I used to interrupt people a lot as well. For me, it came from an excitement of wanting to interact with what they were saying, but it dawned on me (probably a bit too late, really!) that it came across as the opposite: shutting down what they say before they're finished. It took a lot of time to work on it, and I still sometimes catch myself. I find a simple "Wait, sorry I don't think you were done yet." or "I interrupted right now, I'm sorry... What were you going to say next?" is perfectly acceptable to most people.