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Thu Apr 23, 2015, 07:58 PM

How to seem smart in meetings without really trying

I've personally done number 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10




http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/23/how-to-seem-smart-in-meetings-without-really-trying/?tid=sm_tw

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Reply How to seem smart in meetings without really trying (Original post)
Blue_Tires Apr 2015 OP
Scuba Apr 2015 #1
rug Apr 2015 #2
aint_no_life_nowhere Apr 2015 #3
Laffy Kat Apr 2015 #9
femmocrat Apr 2015 #4
Taitertots Apr 2015 #5
seveneyes Apr 2015 #6
lovemydog Apr 2015 #7
Major Nikon Apr 2015 #8
lovemydog Apr 2015 #11
Major Nikon Apr 2015 #12
lovemydog Apr 2015 #13
Blue_Tires Apr 2015 #14
hobbit709 Apr 2015 #10
Blue_Tires Apr 2015 #15
raccoon Apr 2015 #16
elleng Apr 2015 #17
Mr.Bill Apr 2015 #18

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 08:14 PM

1. Also good to lean back, steeple your fingers, and speak very softly.

 

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 08:30 PM

2. I knocked over a chair once but it wasn't very effective.

 

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 08:45 PM

3. Just being there is sometimes enough

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 12:32 AM

9. LOVED this movie.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 08:55 PM

4. #4 always works for me.

I try #7 when my butt is sore from sitting.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 06:15 PM

5. Damn, I've been relying on innovative ideas and creativity to look smart

 

When all I had to do was act like a stupid asshat.

When people try #9 I use it to push people to accept things that the person who left would reject.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:03 PM

6. Will this reaction scale exponentially?

 

Ask that in a Chemical Engineering meeting and watch the sparks fly.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:23 PM

7. My fake notes

are often shopping lists.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 12:23 AM

8. My trick is basically #3 with a little more polish.

I stay silent and let everyone else talk themselves into pretzels, and when they have completely exhausted all their mental energy poking holes in everyone's ideas, I finally present mine last and then remain silent while everyone talks themselves into it because they just want the meeting to end at that point.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 04:31 PM

11. lol, nice!

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #11)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 04:39 PM

12. You'd be surprised at how well it works

About a month ago a coworker came up to me and asked how I got him to not only fuck himself, but feel like it was his idea all along.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 04:59 PM

13. I emailed this chart to a partner.

Said I'm drafting a Venn Diagram to determine what we know and what we don't know. He replied 'Show off! Include my uncertainty about my gender.' I said we'll include transitional fees in the budget, as a contingency.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 03:10 PM

14. brilliant!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 10:16 AM

10. Say nothing. "Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt."-A.L.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 03:12 PM

15. Then the boss will be asking why you're so indifferent and uncaring

to the point where you can't even participate in meetings...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 04:40 PM

16. Miight try some of these....nt

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:28 PM

17. Say NOTHING!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:17 PM

18. Ask someone a question

then when they answer, just repeat the question, only speak slower. This way no matter what the question was and no matter what the answer was, you'll seem smarter than the person who answered and everyone will think his answer was wrong. Bonus if the guy gets really pissed off and totally loses it while you remain calm and look like the one in control.

Hint: Don't do this to the boss. Do it to someone you are competing with.

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