For reasons that I’ve never been able to fathom, some companies just love to call meetings, for the most trivial to the obscure of reasons. I’ve even been known to receive an invite to a pre-meeting, to discuss what we will be talking about at the actual meeting! Very often these meetings, which lack any true purpose, generate very little in the way of action points and are promptly forgotten or sidetracked once everyone has left the room.
If this sounds familiar and your meeting schedule is spiralling out of control, it can be helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve. So when you next find yourself stuck in an unnecessary meeting,and you’re daydreaming of what you’re going to be cooking for dinner that night, you can call upon these hacks at short notice, to help you appear smart and well informed.
So for example, if an unexpected question is thrown at you in a meeting which you don’t know the answer to, instead of breaking into a cold sweat, nothing will make you seem more intelligent than questioning whether it is even the right question to be asking.
Sarah Cooper / Via thecooperreview.com
Clever writer and comedian, Sarah Cooper, has put together a hugely entertaining infographic (below), containing 10 of her top tips to help you to appear very clever in meetings. It features excerpts from her new satirical book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, which she touts as “the idiot’s guide to the idiot’s guide to conquering the corporate meeting”.
Tips range from constant nodding, fake concentration and useless rhetorical questions, through to ingenious but meaningless illustrations to scribble on a whiteboard. You many need to recall some of your primary school maths for this, and in particular how to draw a pie chart or Venn diagram, and work out simple percentages.
Flipping through a handout while the presenter is talking, and commenting on a slide that hasn’t been reached yet, is also a great way to demonstrate how you’re already a few steps head of everyone else in the room. Or my personal favourite is to hold back a small number of people after the meeting, and suggest an exclusive working group (to whom you can delegate your meeting action points), and keep the reason secret so that everyone else is left wondering what you’re discussing. They’ll assume it’s something big!
If you enjoy the below infographic, and are tired of the ongoing comedy of errors in your corporate meetings, why not print it off and stick it inside your notebook, as a handy reference point for the next meeting you attend. Let us know if it helps to get you a promotion!
This infographic was originally posted at http://thecooperreview.com/10-tricks-appear-smart-meetings/