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example: business buzzwords, mentor, job interview, etc.

January 15, 2020

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,

I just published my first book and want to ask my friends and colleagues to give me five-star ratings on Amazon.  Do you think it would be too pushy for me to ask them directly, or do you think I should subtly threaten them wi...

January 2, 2020

Bad weather small talk: -Wow it’s certainly warm here today! -I know, right! Makes me just want to strip off my clothes! -We were able to help the orphans with medical care. -I hear it may rain this weekend.

December 3, 2019

Here are some networking tips for college seniors: 1) Decide what experience you want, 2) Be open about contacting recent alums, friends of friends, and even your dad' old chum. 3) Ignore your friends' Instagram posts showing how thrilled the...

November 11, 2019

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,

Just call me a typical “meddling mom.” My daughter has an offer from Company A, but it expires next week and they wouldn't give her an extension. She also had a bunch of interviews with Company B last week, and she said she “t...

October 28, 2019

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,

I’m an associate at a management consulting firm. I really enjoy the work, especially because I have gotten to work on assignments that challenge me and help me enhance my skills. Recently though, I was given an additional rol...

October 24, 2019

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,

I’m a junior editor working for a large publishing house. I’ve been assigned to work with an author whose upcoming book we anticipate will be a strong seller, so we are hoping to release it at a very specific time to maximize...

June 27, 2019

I have heard that in Dubai, where I’ll be attending meetings, business men hold hands while walking down the street. Should I allow that?

June 19, 2019

I hate when my coworkers compete about how many hours they work. Can't I get my work done and just go home at night?

June 14, 2019

A manager from another division, and who hates my boss, asked me to represent my division on a task force. Since I’m junior I think he feels he can walk over me

April 10, 2019

During videoconferences some older people forget to turn off their phones so each time their phones ping a text sound their faces fill the whole screen.

March 20, 2019

An office gossip always asks about my private life, and just now said in a meeting: “I think someone will be having a wedding!” And I'd never told her anything!

February 28, 2019

,My girlfriend is about to quit her job and wants me to do the same so we can buy an RV to explore anywhere we want for about a year. If I quit my job I'll lose the chance for a promotion.

November 29, 2018

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,My boss hates interrupters in meetings, so she has a stuffed rabbit that we have to pass to anyone who wants to speak. No one can interrupt.

November 5, 2018

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,At my company my bosses always use the phrase “de minimis,” which I had to look up, and now know that it means a trivial or insignificant. Why can't I just say "a little bit?"

October 10, 2018

My name is James Arnold. When someone receives an email from me, the FROM line says, “Arnold, James,” which causes a lot of people who don't me to say "Hi Arnold

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