There is an old trick to getting ahead in the British Foreign Service. It entails sitting back and smoking a pipe during meetings. Just as a discussion on a given topic starts to come to a close, speak up and reiterate all that has been said, summarizing the arguments then putting forth what seems to be the consensus observation as one's own. Apparently really does wonders for general esteem. The pertinent question is whether a bubble pipe would suffice.
Previous makeover here.