Maybe this tip can help some young lawyers out there.

A couple of weeks ago I was watching a baseball game at a lawyer function in another state. Sitting behind me was "young blow-hard" telling stories about his African adventure that involved killing a lot of big game and bagging South African women with a bunch of b.s.

He was the kind of guy who ends up getting punched in the face later in the night and has no idea why. "I was just sitting in the bar talking to some dude and this guy came out of nowhere and punched me."

Sitting to my right were two "old blow-hards" talking over each other about their prowess as lawyers. Blah, blah, blah "explosion case", blah, blah, blah "expert deposition," blah, blah, blah, "killed him in depo," blah, blah, blah.

Neither old-guy guy was even listening to the other. They were locked in on explaining their greatness. Unfortunately, I had to listen to both.

It was so annoying I got up and left.

No one wants to hear how great you are. The stories people like have punch lines at the end. The only stories about a lawyer that other lawyers want to hear are funny stories. The best are the ones that involve self-deprecating humor.

I promise you that if you give some serious long-winded story about how great you are to other lawyers it’s almost guartanteed to have the opposite of the intended effect.