Sarah Stocker - May 29, 2012

My boss likes to jump in and take over. It’s embarrassing. What can I do?

The answer to this question has everything to do with your relationship to your boss. You may not be able to do anything about this behavior.

If you feel that you can, talk about it with the boss before your next presentation. Maybe the boss doesn’t realize what s/he is doing. So maybe, in an attempt to keep your presentation focused and on track, you’ll agree to ask for input when you need it. Or the boss will politely ask if it’s all right with you when s/he feels the need to interrupt.

If your boss isn’t satisfied with these options, perhaps you can meet a few days before your presentation and give him/her an overview of what you’ll be discussing. This will let your boss see where you plan to take the conversation and give him/her the opportunity to provide direction in private. Knowing what you’re going to discuss may make it easier for him/her to let you lead the conversation.

All of these solutions would preserve your position as the person in charge of the presentation without eliminating the boss’ input.

By Sarah Stocker, Trainer and Workshop Coordinator at Turpin Communication

Written by Sarah Stocker

Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she spent the first five years working as a stage manager for various theatres in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a contractor for several Chicago companies, first stage managing corporate theatre productions and then as a project and logistics coordinator for customized training seminars. She came to Turpin in 2005 as a camera operator, then progressed to her Workshop Coordinator and Coach roles. Sarah managed the creation of Turpin’s eCoach.