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Are You Conversation Monopolizer?

I like talking with other people, but I really enjoy listening. That's probably one of the reasons I become a life coach. But, sometimes, it can feel as if I am in a one-way discussion. Do you know what I mean? There is that friend, family member, or co-worker who won't let you get a word in, at all. And, when you do speak, he or she keeps saying “let me interrupt you for a second,” or they just talk over you. Then there are the conversations where you are discussing your experience, but the other person interrupts with “oh, let me tell you what happened to me…” or "that's nothing, when I..." and immediately, the discussion is all about him or her. It can make you feel like your voice is not important, and that you must fight to be heard. Maybe, you are that person who monopolizes the conversation—and you don’t realize it.

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