Last week I found the article, 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. Who doesn’t want that? So I clicked.
Quickly, it became obvious that the piece was pure comedy. And I’ve got to admit, high-quality humor. If you haven’t seen it, take a read. I’m confident you’ll get a laugh out of it.
Since posting it on LinkedIn and reading people’s reactions, I’m wondering how close these 10 “tricks” come to the reality of what happens in meetings? My guess is that there are people out there who might actually use some of these ideas. To them I say, “Knock it off.”
Meetings would be a whole lot better if people would stop posturing and start working towards achieving the goal. If the meeting doesn’t have a goal, that’s a whole different problem. See my book to resolve that one.
When you are in meetings this week, be genuine. Try hard. Help make the meeting better. You can contribute to something that produces results or be another actor in meeting theater. Make a good choice.