Those brilliant, articulate, and outspoken colleagues present a massive challenge for those who present with them. It is amazingly tough to get a word in when they are on a roll. And they are always on a roll. The test is to find a way in. Getting more experienced and outspoken colleagues to slow down or pause to let you in when they are advocating or presenting with you is unlikely to work. The enthusiasm with which they compel others to yield to their views is like a locomotive. Once they pick up speed, the brakes don’t do much. All in all, this would be a good thing. Except for the pesky matter of your inability to slip in a word. The presentation appears to be going well. Except for your lack of input.
When I feel like I need to speak I ask myself what new point or validation I will bring to the conversation.
Often the person with the most influence in the room is there solely to say one word: yes or no
If you smartly anticipate this, would you recommend using this step as a code that you work out ahead of time?
I guess the issue is that anyone who might get on a roll like this might be lost to the idea that they are inadvertently burying a colleague.