Post # 1
Headline says it all.
I just started a new job that’s only for one year. A girl that I’m going to be working closely with constantly name drops. She tells everybody she has a sister who works in the same building, talks about how close she is with professors a her law school (that a lot of other co-workers went to), places that she’s worked in the past and how those people are often nearby, if I’ve ever heard of (insert name here) because she knows them.
This co-worker is a lot older than the other co-workers (mid 40s compared to mid/late 20s), so I don’t know if she’s name dropping because she’s feels self-conscious about being older or what, but either way it can be distracting and frustrating. I’m hoping that after a few weeks goes by and work picks up she’ll stop doing it as often.
How do you deal with those people who constantly name drop for the sake of name dropping?
Post # 2
I just ignore them and speak to them only if I have to. I’m not sure what else you can really do.
Post # 3
It’s petty but it sometimes takes people down a peg if you’re just like “who?? Oh i never heard of that person” when someone is excessively name-dropping. lol
Post # 4
You ignore them.
Coworker: “Have you heard of Professor Jones?”
You: “No, sorry. I’ve got a project to finish up so I can’t chat at the moment.”
For everything else, just smile and mutter “ah-ha” and go about your day.
Post # 5
Just minimize conversations with people who annoy you. It doesn’t matter what the particular annoyance is.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t even consider mentioning her sister or former work colleagues to be name dropping. I typically think of “name dropping” as a way of bragging about association with celebrities or other public figures. It sounds like she is just excessively chatty. Be polite but don’t go out of your way to engage in conversation with her.
Post # 7
Try to avoid people who annow you and talk to them only when necessary. You can’t really do anything about it..
Post # 8
Sounds like making small talk or being friendly but getting it wrong. It doesn’t sound braggy or name dropping at all.
Maybe once you get to know her you’ll have other topics of conversation. If not, just be polite but keep out of chatter
Post # 9
I ignore them. We have people at my work who do that too and I just say “that’s nice” or ignore.