When you interrupt someone as they’re talking it feels as though you’re not interested in what they are saying, or that what you have to say is more important than what they’re saying. When you complete someone’s sentence it’s a sign that you’re feeling impatient and you want them to get on with it.
I think we probably all do this from time to time. I know I catch myself doing it occasionally. You may not mean that what they’re saying is not important or that they’re too slow saying it, but that is what comes across.
I know that when it happens to me it often makes me feel that I don’t want to continue what I’m saying. It feels disrespectful. And if someone’s interrupting, then they’re not really listening.
See if you can notice whenever you feel the impulse to interrupt someone or finish their sentence and stop yourself. It takes practice, but it does make you more aware of the energy that you are projecting and the influence you are having on others.
I know that sometimes you may do it because you’re excited and you just want to share something – but think of how it makes the other person feel. Imagine yourself in their position and see if you can learn to catch yourself. It will make you a better listener.