how to say “stop talking to me” without being rude by Alison Green on April 12, 2012 It’s quiz time! When you’re racing to get something done on a deadline and you get interrupted by a long-winded colleague or telephone caller, do you: (a) Let them talk, trying to politely hint that you don’t have much time or (b) Say, “I’m actually short on time right now. Could I talk with you later?” If you’re like most people, your answer is (a) … generally because you want to be nice and aren’t sure how to assert yourself and protect your time in a way that isn’t rude. Over at the Intuit QuickBase blog today, I talk about how you can nicely protect your time from interruptions — whether they’re in the form of a colleague who won’t stop talking to you or a phone caller who interrupts you precisely when you need to concentrate. You can read it here. You may also like:my coworker won’t contribute ideashow to get people to leave you alone so you can focus, without making everyone hate youhow can I handle interruptions when I’m concentrating?