10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.

1. Draw a Venn diagram

Getting up and drawing a Venn diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn’t matter if your Venn diagram is wildly inaccurate, in fact, the more inaccurate the better. Even before you’ve put that marker down, your colleagues will begin fighting about what exactly the labels should be and how big the circles should be, etc. At this point, you can slink back to your chair and go back to playing Candy Crush on your phone.

2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions

If someone says “About 25% of all users click on this button,” quickly chime in with, “So about 1 in 4,” and make a note of it. Everyone will nod their head in agreement, secretly impressed and envious of your quick math skills.

3. Encourage everyone to “take a step back”

There comes a point in most meetings where everyone is chiming in, except you. Opinions and data and milestones are being thrown around and you don’t know your CTA from your OTA. This is a great point to go, “Guys, guys, guys, can we take a step back here?” Everyone will turn their heads toward you, amazed at your ability to silence the fray. Follow it up with a quick, “What problem are we really trying to solve?” and, boom! You’ve bought yourself another hour of looking smart.

4. Nod continuously while pretending to take notes

Always bring a notepad with you. Your rejection of technology will be revered. Take notes by simply writing down one word from every sentence that you hear. Nod continuously while doing so. If someone asks you if you’re taking notes, quickly say that these are your own personal notes and that someone else should really be keeping a record of the meeting. Bravo compadre. You’ve saved your ass, and you’ve gotten out of doing any extra work. Or any work at all, if you’re truly succeeding.

5. Repeat the last thing the engineer said, but very very slowly

Make a mental note of the engineer in the room. Remember his name. He’ll be quiet throughout most of the meeting, but when his moment comes everything out of his mouth will spring from a place of unknowable brilliance. After he utters these divine words, chime in with, “Let me just repeat that,” and repeat exactly what he just said, but very, very slowly. Now, his brilliance has been transferred to you. People will look back on the meeting and mistakenly attribute the intelligent statement to you.

6. Ask “Will this scale?” no matter what it is

It’s important to find out if things will scale no matter what it is you’re discussing. No one even really knows what that means, but it’s a good catch-all question that generally applies and drives engineers nuts.

7. Pace around the room

Whenever someone gets up from the table and walks around, don’t you immediately respect them? I know I do. It takes a lot of guts but once you do it, you immediately appear smart. Fold your arms. Walk around. Go to the corner and lean against the wall. Take a deep, contemplative sigh. Trust me, everyone will be shitting their pants wondering what you’re thinking. If only they knew (bacon).

8. Ask the presenter to go back a slide

“Sorry, could you go back a slide?” They’re the seven words no presenter wants to hear. It doesn’t matter where in the presentation you shout this out, it’ll immediately make you look like you’re paying closer attention than everyone else is, because clearly they missed the thing that you’re about to brilliantly point out. Don’t have anything to point out? Just say something like, “I’m not sure what these numbers mean,” and sit back. You’ve bought yourself almost an entire meeting of appearing smart.

9. Step out for a phone call

You’re probably afraid to step out of the room because you fear people will think you aren’t making the meeting a priority. Interestingly, however, if you step out of a meeting for an “important” phone call, they’ll all realize just how busy and important you are. They’ll say, “Wow, this meeting is important, so if he has something even more important than this, well, we better not bother him.”

10. Make fun of yourself

If someone asks what you think, and you honestly didn’t hear a single word anyone said for the last hour, just say, “I honestly didn’t hear a single word anyone said for the last hour.” People love self-deprecating humor. Say things like, “Maybe we can just use the lawyers from my divorce,” or “God I wish I was dead.” They’ll laugh, value your honesty, consider contacting H.R., but most importantly, think you’re the smartest looking person in the room.

- Sarah Cooper (Author)

The Inspirations Behind 20 of the Most Well-Known Luxury Brand Logos • Highsnobiety

http://www.highsnobiety.com/2014/04/03/the-inspirations-behind-20-of-the-most-well-known-logos-in-high-fashion/

Flappy Bird – tuhkah!

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Isang malaking kalokohan itong Flappy Bird, kasimpleng laro but very addicting, ihanda mo lang ang hinatataba (yan ung tagalog ng thumb right?) sa kakapindot ng very very light.  Bawal ang gigil mode kung ayaw mong mategi ng early si birdie.

At inde lang pala ako ang mukhang tanga na mura ng mura dahil sa sobrang sensitive ng ibon na to, dami ding nagrereact and mega sita sa labi ni fllappy bird.

Pati labi at weight problem issue kay kuya

Pati labi at weight problem issue kay kuya

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O may nabaliw na!

o xa, laro na!

Lordie! Lordie! Galing ni Lorde!

Perm ba kamo?

Perm ba kamo?

Ibang klase tong bagets na to, ikaw kaya ang manalo ng GRAMMY for Song Of The Year for “Royals” at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Madaming inde happy sa performance nya, isa lang masasabi namin ni Lorde (close kami), “kebs!”.

She has her unique way of performing:

  • Awkward? Check
  • Soulful? Yes
  • Parang may epilepsy? mejo (char).
  • Nanakot? – baka

Watch and enjoy!

Father Disowns Homophobic Daughter in Epic Letter

Father Disowns Homophobic Daughter in Epic Letter

Dear Christine,

I’m disappointed in you as a daughter. You’re correct that we have a “shame in the family”, but mistaken about what it is. Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real “abomination” here. A parent disowning her child is what goes “against nature.” The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that “you didn’t raise your son to be gay.” Of course you didn’t. He was born this way and didn’t choose it any more than he being left-handed. You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward. So, while we are in the business of disowning our children, I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gays put it) grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for heart-less B-word of a daughter. If you find your heart, give us a call. – Dad.

This is it! The “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie Has a Cast!


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According to the latest chika, there is already a release date (parang preso lang) and they’ve identified the actor and actress who will play the role of Christian and Anastasia. 

Mga actors na napipisil:

  1. Colin Farrel, buti na lang at inde si Will Ferrell
  2. Ian Somerhalder – maginoong bastos
  3. Matt Bomer – gustong mabastos ng mga maginoo – bekling siya so I love him
  4. Alexander Skarsgard – not a fan so kebs
  5. Robert Pattinson – i‘m not sure if he can pull it off (pun intended, chost!)

For the babaita naman:

  1. Amanda Seyfried – if she can spell ORANGE na then pwede, carry naman nya ang brunette eh.
  2. Nina Dobrev – pag nag team up sila ni Ian dito then extended version na siya ng Vampire Diairies, OA na, Vampire Diary-a.
  3. Mila Kunis – mejo nadidistract ako sa voice nya, naalala ko si Meg of Family Guy, paopera ang vocal cords then magaudition.
  4. Emily Browning – oh yes! the innocent pinabili lang ng suka sa kanto look is the one to beat (pun intended, nyahahaha!)
  5. Alexis Bledel – remember Gilmore Girls? siya yung know it all na babaita dun, I like her too, inosente de ti ang peg.

Everything is going to be revealed sa ComicCon the weekend of July 18th, so ilang bangungot na lang alam na natin.

To the actress na napili, learn to Kiegel na teh!

By the way, my safe word is EWWW, in case you guys are wondering.

Sino kayang pedeng magplay locally?

Christian Grey:

  1. Victor Basa – my forever crush, from lips to abs.
  2. Diether Ocampo – mukhang mahilig manakit then magsosorry after, bagay.
  3. Victor Aliwalas – oh yes! Why not!
  4. Jake Cuenca – give ko na din sa kanya bilang blog ko to
  5. Coco Martin – wag lang mashadong ma-S yung script ha.

That’s it pansit!

A Joyful Wedding Proposal at Supreme Court Gay Proposal

Bilang isang American Citizen (char!), may US visa naman ako so may chance hahahaha! I’m very happy with the recent outcome regarding the dismissal of the appeal over same-sex marriage.

I’m not gonna go into details pero lets just be happy that we’re now seeing progress pagdating sa aspetong same-sex relationship that will hopefully lead to a marriage.

Naiyak ako ng very light sa video na itey, basta watch and enjoy.

I am a proud gay man.

Equality is the best policy!

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A Miracle On Live TV.. Oklahoma tornado 2013

Lonely elderly woman finds dog under rubble of her house live on air after tornado hit

Ang miracle minsan naman talaga eh anjan lang sa tabi-tabi. 

Dance With My Father

Mejo napush ni kid ang tamang pagkanta ng Dance with my Pudak, salamat at naapply nya yung mga turo ko.

 

 

Explosions at the Boston Marathon

Be warned, this is intense,

I offer my prayers to the people injured in the Boston Marathon,

Jusme! Bomba levels and not in a Seiko way.

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