A while back, there was a post that went viral on BuzzFeed regarding 13 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. The tips were sourced from Sarah Cooper's book, "100 Tricks To Appear Smart In Meetings", which is a satire and not 100 honest tricks. I needed a break from all the self help books that I've been reading so I figured a humorous look at the one thing I hate the most about my job, meetings.
Reading through all 100 tricks were entertaining although a lot of the ones I couldn't relate to and I don't think that's the point. I know most people will have a couple in common but I can't see anyone having all 100 tricks that the actually do! For example, I actually use the, "Let's take a step back" trick and I think it's actually pretty good. Please remember, these are not actual tricks you should use although I find it hilarious that some of us actually use them in real life meetings.
One of my personal favourites in the book is what we do during one on one meetings: 1. Talk about the weather 2. Praying our coworker doesn't cry 3. Trying to end 15 minutes early 4. Trash-talking other coworkers 5. dreaming of a career where you get to "Work with your hands". Although I don't do all of the above, I still found them amusing enough and know of people that probably have done one or all of them.
If you're interested in check out the rest of the 90 tricks, you can use the following link to get your own copy, http://amzn.to/2ldn8gG