113Have Grudge, Will Travel

About the only thing worse than being stuck in an office with a coworker who gives you heartburn is being stuck on a business trip with her. If the person is obnoxious in the office she may be absolutely unbearable in the more compressed environment of a car or airplane.

Braggarts are particularly hard to withstand on the road because of their incessant prattle. Minimize the intrusive conversations by taking a cue from seasoned travelers. Pack a deep supply of distractions: An Ipod, laptop, and books. And tell the talkative coworker you need time to polish a presentation.

Be polite and engage in brief conversation at times to keep from straining the relationship any further. But don’t indulge the fellow traveler any ...

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