The Most Important Parts of a Conversation Are Often Missed By Interruption

I think more and more people are forgetting how to be courteous in a conversation and just interrupt whenever they feel the desire to talk. Sometimes I get interrupted before I get to the most important part of the sentence, which I often put at the end. Call me crazy, but that’s part of my organizational skills.

I’ve been noticing this for a while and I’ve even been taking note not to do it myself, even when a person is rambling on endlessly, repeating themselves over and over, which I often think are doing it on purpose. I seriously think some people have to be doing it on purpose! Because, there is no way a person could be that annoying and not know it!

My recent conversation was from a university that called me. The back story, I filled in an online form to get information about a college grant for people who might be considering returning to college. A day later and I had received exactly nineteen phone calls from the same four institutions.

“First of all Mr. Allen, I would like to inform you that this conversation is being recorded for quality purposes. What degree were you interested in sir?”

“I’m so glad you are recording this conversation because since yesterday I’ve received like a hundred phone calls and I’ve…”

That’s where I was interrupted. I went on to say, “…lost interest entirely!”

But the lady who interrupted me was saying, “Yes, we have a very aggressive recruiting team and we are very interested in you. I see here that you have a degree, is that right sir?”

I chose a more authoritative voice to reiterate, “Just before you interrupted me, I was saying I’ve lost interest entirely!”

And with that, I ended the phone call! I know! I was very rude! I’m working on it…

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Michael Allen is the author of the newly released novel The Deeper Dark - When Haven Kayd returns home after being a POW for years, he returns to a world that has moved on without him. As he's playing catchup, the truth comes out about a scheme he was unknowingly the poster boy for and he learns about a hidden world that threatens everything he cares about. Available now at Amazon!

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The Deeper Dark is the story of a fighter pilot who spends a few years in a POW camp. When he returns to civilization, he realizes how much has changed as life just seemed to move on without him. His wife remarried and his daughter learned how to grow up without her father around. When he finds out there’s more to the story the day his jet went down, he finds himself in the middle of unimaginable corruption. Trying to keep their secrets hidden, his invisible enemies threaten the one person he has left in this world. But they have no idea how far he’s willing to go to save her life.

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