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When you share that you are a consultant and your friends go "consulting means con and insult" or "consultants only know how to smoke and avoid answering questions". How do you respond appropriately?

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Just take the hit. The only exception is if they work in banking or law and it is just some professional services joshing. I usually just say I do ‘supply chain stuff’ rather than lead with consulting. If someone is interested and it is revealed that I work as a consultant, then I give them the usual explanation. “People are super busy. No company has a group of people sitting around waiting for these rare problems to come up every few years. This means they not only do not have the time, but none of them have done it before either. So they hire us in to do these projects and when we’re done they get back to normal.”

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Superb response! Totally agree with the punching up vs down metaphor

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Pick up the tab and tell them you appreciate that consulting pays well enough you can do that without a second thought.

I’m always one for the power move to put people like that in their place, OP. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.

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There isn't any comeback. They're right

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Smoke and avoid their questions

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It was low-hanging fruit 😂

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… and get paid big bucks while doing so

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“And how much do YOU make again? Exactly. Let me know if you want a referral.” 😌

Laugh and move on. "*Lol*, I wish! Insults would be more fun than excel! Anyway, about the movie...."

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Smart move! 🤣

I’ve never ever heard con and insult. Ever. I consult internationally and 16 years experience.

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Right. Learn something new every day :)

Get new friends who won’t tear you down to build themselves up

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What is there to defend or respond to? Enjoy your money & keep it moving 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I'd just say, something like that, and change the subject. Nobody has time for that nonsense!

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Say “if by con you mean sell snake oil and transfer corporations I’ll gotten funds into your own bank account because you have a moral obligation to spend the money better, you’re right. Now, here’s your allowance. Don’t spend it all in one place”

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Almost like name calling when you were kids. It's like refuting or accepting only makes it worse. I just felt like wtf, how am I supposed to respond

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How old are you?

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Light a cigarette and insult them

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Are all your conversations with your friends this lame?

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Your friends nailed it

Who cares

And what do your fiends do that makes them so important?

They ain’t wrong tho lol

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