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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Willey

Fearless in 5: How to Manage Interruptions at Work

Do you ever get interrupted at work and feel so frustrated or angry that you sit there quietly steaming?  If so, you are not alone. In fact, women are three times more likely to be interrupted at work than their male colleagues, and it happens even at the highest levels. That’s why in this Fearless in 5, we’ll focus on the 5 things you can do to manage the interruptions.

#1 If You're Interrupted, Keep On Going. Don’t Stop Talking

Slightly raise the sound of your voice and keep on going until you finish your thought. You want to make sure that you’re asserting your space.

#2 Use the Phrase “Hold That Thought”  

Or “Hold on a second—I’ll come right back to you.” It’s a respectful way for you to retain control of the conversation. And it’s a way you can finish your thought without having the situation escalate in a negative way. 

#3 It’s OK to Interrupt the Interrupter  

You can say, “I appreciate your enthusiasm, but let me finish my point first.” This validates their eagerness but allows you to finish your thought.

#4 Employ Body Language

A simple hand gesture can show them that you’re not done just yet.

#5 Have a Private Conversation with Consistent Interruptors

Finally, for consistent interrupters, have a private, one-on-one conversation. Assume innocence but address it directly and clearly. This can lead to better mutual understanding and respect.

Remember, your voice deserves to be heard. For more tips on how you can fear less at work and in life, check out the entire Fearless in 5 library at

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