These 9 tricks will make you look smart in any meeting with other people


Life, for some, is full of meetings. At school, at work, with certain friends, sometimes even in a spontaneously formed meeting. Suddenly we find ourselves in need and perhaps even in the obligation to present our ideas, to be there, to listen to those of others, etc.

For some, these meetings have another obligation: to look smart. Not necessarily be, but look. Perhaps with some sustenance, with some effective intelligence that is there, but sometimes also only as a montage, a kind of premeditated show where such intellectual capacity is seen, seems to arise from a careful combination of factors, such as “magic” in the tricks of the illusionists.

And, after all, reality in many cases is what we perceive as such, not always what it is, much less what it should, but what we understand from what we are, think, hope and more. There are people who know this and play with perception, risky, that is also true, because despite everything, reality ends up being imposed.

But while that happens, let’s have fun.

  1. Just at the beginning of the meeting, go out to look for water and ask if someone else wants something

This trick has two advantages: it will make you look friendly with others and allow you to be absent for a few minutes of the meeting without anyone suspecting anything. If you come back with water and some goodies, there will be even someone who thinks you are a considerate, thoughtful person, concerned about the well-being of the team, etc.

  1. Take a notebook with you to take notes, but use it to draw

Few things that make a person look smarter than a notebook and a pencil or a pen. Together they are a powerful combination. When the meeting begins, begin to simulate that you take notes, but not conventionally, but with complex flow diagrams, connectors that go from one side of the page to another, ideas highlighted in colorful circles and more.

  1. Make an analogy that sounds as complex as it is obvious

This may require some practice, ingenuity and command of language (perhaps even intelligence), but if you come to master the art of analogies, people who are with you may be surprised what you say. When in the discussion they reach an impasse, release an analogy, preferably that has nothing to do with the matter. “This is like splitting lemons,” “It’s like the migration of the wildebeest in Africa,” “It’s like taking your dog for a walk,” etc. Laugh after that to provoke that, by reflex, the others also laugh and do not ask you to develop your point.

  1. Ask if we are asking the right question

Tautology is another of the triumphs of appearing intelligent. Asking these seminal, deep and ultimately useless questions is a good resource for simulating intelligence. Here are some suggestions:

Are we asking the right question?

Is this the best way to see the problem?

First of all, what are we understand by…?

Among other effects, these questions sometimes make it seem to the person who makes them extremely abstract, as if their thinking were beyond the worldliness of this plane.

  1. To question an idea, use idiomatic or fashion phrases

Those phrases that everyone is using, take them to your meetings, but in an ironic way, which will make you as a creative and ingenious person.

  1. Make yourself a weird habit that will “flow” your creativity

Take off your shoes, walk in circles, talk to yourself, pet a cat, lie down on the floor, whatever. The more extravagant is your “habit”, the more uncontrollable and powerful your intelligence will appear.

  1. Mention everyone’s boss as if he were your great friend

Talking about everyone’s boss -including you- as if he were a close person, will give you respect and ancestry over others (probably). You can say things like that you will pose that idea this weekend that you eat with him (or her), or that what you just heard will undoubtedly enchant you. You can call it by its name, its hypocoristic or even a nickname that you know no one else will use.

  1. Ask if it is the correct framework, platform or model

What is important here are the words: frame, platform and model are three that impose and make the user seem intelligent. So use them.

  1. When there is consensus around an idea, be the first to notice and “approve” it

If you follow closely the development of a discussion you will notice that the participants will incline little by little towards one of the presented alternatives. Realize the signs that lead to this and when the time is right, intervene to sanction that idea, to approve it even if it is not up to you to shake that flag. To do this last you can use phrases like “Dale, con todo” while giving credit to the author of the idea, or a more serious and dramatic entry like “If nobody has anything else to contribute, I think we already found the solution”. If you are a bit cheekier you can do the recapitulation of the exposed and, subtly, appropriate the triumphant idea.

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