Interrupting when someone's talking could be rude or it could be a skillful way to enhance the conversation. It depends on the reasons why you're interrupting and how you do it.
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Pick the Brain tells us the two times you should refrain from interrupting: To finish someone else's sentence (good in close personal relationships, but not so much in work settings) or to co-opt the conversation and talk about yourself ("I know what you mean...one time in band camp..."). Both situations can make the interrupter seem rude. I know some people who can't help interrupting because they have a thought in their head during the discussion and are afraid they will forget it — but not paying attention to the other person so you can remember and say what you want isn't a good communication strategy.
On the flip side, Pick the Brain notes a few times when it's good to interrupt: If you want to make sure you understand what the other person just said, for example, or to get a conversation back on track (like a meeting).
The key is really to make the interruption serve the conversation and to pay more attention to the times you mindlessly interrupt others (we all do it!).
How to Interrupt [Pick the Brain]