Dealing with Clueless People

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I’m fortunate to have many people in my life who are acutely self-aware. They are thoughtful, kind, sensitive and nurturing.

Yet, I routinely encounter someone who is clueless. This can range from the car salesman who said this to my wife and I: “If we agree on a price, how quickly can you write a check,” to a software vendor on a Zoom call who spoke non-stop for almost an hour, using a pitch deck consisting of many text-dense PowerPoint slides. At the end of his presentation, he asked if I had any questions. My mind was so numb from boredom, I couldn’t come up with any.

He didn’t make the sale.

The zenith of self-deception was the dental hygienist who regaled me with her political opinions while I was unable to respond.

I switched dentists.