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Requesting someone to perform a task without sounding pushy

The key is to use "I-messages." This means that you talk about you. You explain what you need and why. Example, taken from a portal message I sent to my primary today: Drug X has been ...
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More formal synonym of "bullshit artist"?

A less used but appropriate term is Rainmaker. This is one who is well able to sell the product at hand. They will immodestly use any means necessary including prevarication, exaggeration, ...
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