Warning: trigger alert
Have you ever interrupted someone while they were talking, telling a story, making a comment, to say something you were so excited to add it couldn't wait until the other person was finished, so you raised your voice over the top of theirs, squashed their words, and made the conversation about what you had to say?
I've done it. On occasion. I do try to apologize for it after the fact.
Have you ever interrupted someone while they were talking to you, telling a story, making a comment, by raising your voice over the top of theirs, squashing their words, and introducing an entirely different topic than the one the person you've just interrupted was discussing?
Have you ever interrupted someone so often they stop talking altogether? Or were you too deafened by your own voice to notice you were the only one speaking anymore?
Interrupting someone mid-sentence is rude and unacceptable. Rather than focusing on what you might have contributed to the conversation, the person interrupted is left thinking and feeling one of three things:
1) They are unimportant to you.
2) They do not have your respect or your attention.
3) You are a narcissistic jerk in love with your own voice and thoughts.
Just. Stop. It.
Or you might find, eventually, that the only one left in the room listening is you.