How to politely interrupt someone speaking?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
13576 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You should coordinate with them ahead of time about a signal for halfway, and then 5/10 minutes, and a 1 minute warning.  I would avoid interrupting them unless 100% necessary, just because of how it looks.  Before they go on stage to speak, pull them aside and reitierate the timing signals and how much time they have.

You should also be introducing speakers, not leaving it up to them.  It looks more professional if done that way.  I have partners in my firm who literally will not go on stage until someone has formally introduced them.

Post # 3
4233 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

JiminyCricket :  Pretty much took the words out of my mouth 🙂

Post # 4
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Mlim : Bee above is spot on here! You should definitely introduce each speaker as it also helps your regain control of the room prior to the new person walking on stage to begin. 

Another thought is to have time cards and stand in the back of the room. 10 min, 5 min, and 1min – the speaker will be able to see you and no one else in the room is distrubed by you silently holding up a sign remiding the speaker to wrap it up.

Post # 6
8807 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Mlim :  If it’s a VIP like the president or a corporate officer, people might get a lot of value from what they have to say. Would it be possible to ask them how long they’ll need, and then plan around that rather than giving them a certain amount of time that might not be enough for what they want to say?

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