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Q My co-worker constantly lends me CDs of his favorite bands. I don’t like them, but I try to be nice and listen anyway. At this point, I don’t know how to tell him to stop. I don’t want to insult him.

A Two options: One, gently tell your colleague that you’ve decided you really don’t care for the music, and you’d prefer not to sample any more. Or if you’d prefer the indirect route, tell him, “I’m finding myself with less time to enjoy music. I’m backed up with lots of things I want to listen to, and the pile’s getting bigger all the time. So while I appreciate your sharing your CDs with me, let’s hold off until I catch up.”

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