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

“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 DisruptedFunny because it’s true.  From the creator of the viral sensation “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” (5+ million views and hundreds of thousands of shares) comes the must-have book you never knew you needed, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.  In it, 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.Open this book to any page and find an easy-to-digest trick with an even easier-to-digest illustration, guiding you on:how to nail the big meeting by pacing and noddingmost effective ways to listen to your coworkers while still completely ignoring themthe key to making your presentations “interactive.” If you hadn’t noticed these behaviors before, you will see them now–from your colleagues, your managers, and soon yourself. Each trick is a mirror to the reality of what happens in meetings, told in the form of hilariously bad advice–advice that you might just want to take. But probably not. But maybe.

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“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

About the Author

Sarah Cooper is a writer, comedian, speaker and author of the bestselling book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. She built her comedy career in between working for companies like Yahoo! and Google, where, as a user experience designer, she was fed free lunches and lots of material. She is the creator of satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, which attracts millions of readers around the world and has been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Fast Company and countless other publications. Sarah lives in New York City.

“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 DisruptedFunny because it’s true.  From the creator of the viral sensation “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” (5+ million views and hundreds of thousands of shares) comes the must-have book you never knew you needed, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.  In it, 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.Open this book to any page and find an easy-to-digest trick with an even easier-to-digest illustration, guiding you on:how to nail the big meeting by pacing and noddingmost effective ways to listen to your coworkers while still completely ignoring themthe key to making your presentations “interactive.” If you hadn’t noticed these behaviors before, you will see them now–from your colleagues, your managers, and soon yourself. Each trick is a mirror to the reality of what happens in meetings, told in the form of hilariously bad advice–advice that you might just want to take. But probably not. But maybe.

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