100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

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100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying

In 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, you will learn how to appear smart in less than half the time it takes to actually learn anything. You know those subtle tricks your coworkers are all guilty of? The constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions? These tricks make them seem like they know what they're doing when in fact they have no clue. This behavior is so ingrained, so subtle, and so often mistaken for true intelligence that identifying it, calling it out, or compiling it into an exhaustive digest has never been attempted. Until now. Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, 100 Tricks gives you actionable ways to use words like "actionable," in order to sound smart. Every type of meeting is covered, from general meetings where you stopped paying attention almost immediately, to one-on-one meetings you zoned out on, to impromptu meetings you were painfully subjected to at the last minute. It's all here. 100 Tricks is the must-have book you never knew you needed,.

"Cleverly written and illustrated, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings is sly satire that will bring endless joy to anyone who has ever endured the drudgery of corporate life."

— Dan Lyons, writer for HBO's Silicon Valley and New York Times-bestselling author of Disrupted

"A hilarious, enlightening read for anyone who's ever been stuck in a conference room. With delightful snark and sarcasm, Sarah cleverly skewers our coworkers for ridiculous behaviors that we would never, ever do. It's funny because it's true."

— Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times-bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

"I laughed so hard I had to leave the meeting I was in."

— Jake Knapp, New York Times-bestselling author of Sprint

"Sarah Cooper is uncannily spot on when describing the seemingly innocent behaviors of people attempting to impress others. It'll make you literally LOL."

— Christine Tsai, Founding Partner, 500 Startups