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When he is being abusive, I would tell him point blank, you are here to help him and will not put up with being abused and if he continues, you will not help him anymore and he can explain to his boss why he didn't learn the program.

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Good deal! Honestly, it sounds like you don't really need the advice.

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Thank you both for the great advice! I do have a very good rapport with my boss, and thankfully, he participated in a conference call yesterday and had an opportunity to hear first hand this person's attitude. He asked me afterwards if I needed him to intervene, but I told him that I would like to try to handle it on my own first. I have a few more weeks before I travel to meet him face to face. Thank you again!

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Frnz, do you have good rapport with your boss? If you do, it may be advantageous to tell him/her of your apprehension regarding this individual. Then, if it should devolve to a he said/she said kind of dispute, it won't be so questionable.

You seem to have a positive attitude, and this will probably be evident, whatever you disclose about your misgivings. You are not trying to create trouble; you're hoping to avoid it.

If you have to manipulate your own behavior, you won't be functioning at your best level.

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Frn, you listed a few potential options for dealing with this guy. I think there's an additional one; train him as you would anyone else you've trained on this software. Don't muddle through. Do your best work and don't kowtow. I'm guessing his future job evaluations will include an item/items related to mastery and usage of this new software. So, he has a vested interest in becoming proficient. Now, if he continues to be an ass, you may need to escalate things. Hopefully, it won't come to that.

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I have a professional job in a predominantly male industry. I interact with all levels of people daily, from the blue collar hourly workers to upper level management. I have always prided myself on being able to interact professionally, and courteously while dealing with many different personalities over my 18 year career...some more difficult than others, and at times have had to hold my head up despite being on the verge of tears because of my thin skin, but always remaining professional. After 18 years, I feel I have encountered my biggest challenge. A mid-level manager, who so far I have only dealt with via phone/email, has proven to be brash, rude, nasty, demeaning, and I believe may have an issue with females in the industry. To make it worse, in the next months I will be traveling to spend quite a bit of time with him, as it is my job to train him on a new software program. The very last thing I want to do is run to my boss or HR to cry harassment or anything like that (unless it got completely out of hand of course). So, since I tend to be the one to cower down against such people, I would like to know how some of you would handle this. Try to kill him with kindness. Attempt to give it back to him. Just muddle through and attempt to do my job the best I can regardless of how crappy he makes me feel. I would really like to try to deal with this on my own if at all possible.

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