If you've ever been interrupted at work, you know how frustrating it can be.
And if you've been the culprit, it could hurt your reputation over time, says career expert Jeff Black.
"We are constantly on the move today," Black says. "We walk too fast. We talk too fast. We cut people off in meetings before they have really finished. We start answering questions before someone even finished asking the question."
The problem? "When we do all of that, we look incredibly rushed," he says. "We look frantic. We look like everything is a crisis."
Black, the founder of leadership development company Black Sheep, recommends adopting a simple trick to slow down and become a more effective communicator: Pause before you speak.
Taking a two-second pause can make you more approachable, he says, since preventing others from finishing their thoughts typically comes off as abrasive.