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Chapter 1. Bragging > TOT-Busters Q&A

1.6. TOT-Busters Q&A

1.6.1. Question

My boss, Ned, drops names like crazy. When he goes to the doctor, he comes back and tells us about how famous his doctor is. His lawyer is famous, his neighbors are famous, and famous politicians sit next to him at benefits. He has a booth at a famous restaurant run by a famous chef. Now the menu includes "Ned's Duck L'Orange." I'm sick of it. How can I tell him to stop it or stuff it (Ned, not the duck)?

1.6.2. Answer

First try the indirect approach: "You must enjoy being around so many famous people." It might cause a moment of self reflection. But if not, try a diplomatic, yet direct approach. Tell Ned that you like him for who he is and what he does, not for who he knows—you value his leadership more than his speed-dial, in so many words. You'll probably have to repeat the message, but you might eventually hit a chord. Nonetheless, you may have to tolerate some celebrity gossip.


  

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