Dear 100 Hour Board,
Lots of times when I'm talking with someone, lots of times in a church setting but not always, people will come up and interrupt us and take over the conversation. It doesn't matter if I'm talking with a man or woman...they just come up and interrupt, as though I'm not even there. Of course this doesn't happen all the time, but enough to be annoying. I always wonder if I should leave or wait till the person is finished. It's so rude though! If I want to talk to someone who appears to be in a conversation with someone else, I wait to approach them, or I go and stand next to them but wait for a break in the convo so I don't interrup. What do/should you do in these instances? It's like these people are saying I'm a nobody and that they are more important than I am. But then when I start to leave they act embarrassed and all I didn't mean to interrupt, but I'm like, that was five minutes ago.
You should just put your hand up to their face and say, "No, Randy."
and continue talking.
I think it depends on who switched the conversation. If the person you were originally talking to saw the other person and started to talk to them, then I'd go with Anathema's advice.
But, if the other person interrupted your conversation and you're almost done, I would tell them that you're wrapping up and politely ask for five more minutes before they butt in again.
Unfortunately, I don't think there's much you can do to change other people's interrupting you. I agree it's super annoying, but such is life at times. I think the most any of us can do in these kinds of situations is learn to not focus overly much on them and move on.