Three Ways To Impress Your Coworkers In Your Next Meeting

Comedian Sarah Cooper Wants To Help You Sound Smarter

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Here’s something no one ever prepares you for before you enter the working world: meetings.

Attending some meetings doesn’t sound so bad — until you realize you’re actually supposed to pay attention in them and impress your coworkers by saying smart stuff.

After working at tech companies like Google and Yahoo! for more than a decade, comedian Sarah Cooper seems like she has the art of wowing your colleagues down. She even wrote a book about it.

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So, the next time you’re sitting through a Power Point presentation when you’re told to “chime in” about “literally anything” because “no question is a dumb question,” and realize that there totally are dumb questions and you need to sound smart, you can use these tricks that Cooper has shared:

Show people you know how to do math.

Make this your signature line when you realize you haven’t really contributed anything meaningful to the “informal brainstorming session” that everyone else came really prepared for.

Remember that if you’re writing something down with the right facial expressions, people just assume it’s important.