O.k it has been a while since I have had a rant but this is something that is very close to my heart.
Especially today after a rather more than usually challenging day in the office when manners would have made life fractionally more bare-able.
1. Don't interrupt someone when they are talking
2. Don't talk over someone when they are talking
3. LISTEN to the other speaker.
I am not sure there is anything more irritating than someone doing all three during a conference call. It is the hight of ignorance and I would love to "audio-slap" people when this happens.
Please don't confuse 1. with 2. there is a quick interruption which is one thing (and moderately bare-able based on frequency i.e. low) vs. deciding to simply shouting over the person who is trying to make a very reasonable point.
Can you send adults back to primary school to learn the basics of appropriate social engagement??
I bet they all snatched in the playground as kids!