there are times when you have to bring up credentials,
not to brag, not to pry,
not to extol, not to belittle,
but simply to determine credibility.

you don't just believe anyone
who talks about anything.

where is he coming from?
is he knowledgeable on the topic?
what is his track record?
does he pad?
is he honest?

will his statements be based on
knowledge and experience, expertise even,
will they be based on
imagination, assumptions, presumptions and speculations?

you have to know
whether the exchange will just be some small talk
whether it will be a substantial discussion.

be wary of someone
who reacts negatively
to his own credentials being brought up.

you don't suppress credentials.
you present them.

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