Ways To Look Smarter In Meetings

Draw A Venn Diagram

It doesn’t matter if your Venn diagram is wildly inaccurate, in fact, the more inaccurate the better.

Translate Percentages Into Fractions

If someone says “About 25%” you translate it into “About 1/4”.

Encourage Everyone To “Take A Step Back”

In every meeting there is a point where everyone is chiming in except for you. This is a great chance to say “Guys, guys, guys, can we take a step back here?"

Nod Continuously While Pretending To Take Notes

Always bring a notepad with you. Your rejection of technology will be revered.

Repeat The Engineer’s Point Slowly

After the “Technical” person makes a point. Say “Let me just repeat that” and repeat what he or she said VERY slowly.

Pace Around The Room

When someone gets up from the table and walks around the room. Let out a sigh. Everyone will be wondering what you are thinking.

Ask Them To Go Back A Slide

It doesn’t matter where in the presentation you shout this out, it will make you look like you’re paying closer attention than everyone else.

Step Out For An Important Phone Call

When you step outside for an important phone call people will understand just how busy you are.

Make Fun Of Yourself

People love self-deprecating humor.

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