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1,004 - Being Modest and Boastful

June 2nd, 2014

Episode 90 of 489 episodes

This is the best episode ever in the history of ESL Podcast. You can learn how not to be modest by listening to it. Slow Dialog: 1:33 Explanation: 3:53 Fast Dialog: 18:16 Hans: Well, I think the choice is clear. I think we should hire Clark. Freddie: To me, the choice is clear, too, but I think that choice is Paul. Both Paul and Clark are qualified for the job, but Clark is a blowhard. He was too full of himself. Hans: Clark may come off as a little overconfident, but he makes a good impression. He would make a much better rep than Paul. Paul was just too low-key and timid. Freddie: Paul wasn’t timid at all. He was modest and self-deprecating, but he also had a quiet confidence. He wasn’t trying too hard to impress, like Clark was. Hans: Clark is the kind of person who stands out in a room and gets noticed. That’s what we want in a rep trying to get new clients. Freddie: I found Clark to be overbearing. Paul, on the other hand, had a way with him. He exuded confidence without having to resort to blowing his own horn. Hans: I see we’re at loggerheads about this. What do you suggest? Freddie: Let’s ask them both to lunch and ask Monique to join us. She’s done a lot of hiring and has good judgment. Hans: You mean you want Monique to make the call so neither of us will be blamed for picking the wrong person. Freddie: I always thought you were quick on the uptake. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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