Meeting humor – S17.2

Read Sarah Cooper’s 10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings. While these ten items are meant to be funny, they each contain important insights into some aspect of human nature and collective human behavior. Building on what you have learned in organizational behavior, leadership, and the current course, as well as through your own life experience, comment below on one or more item, describing what you see as the insight behind the humor.

Remember to return in a few days and comment on another student’s remarks.

I look forward to reading what you have to say.


About Robert A. Campbell, PhD

Robert A. Campbell, PhD, teaches courses in change management, leadership, and organizational behavior, as part of the MBA program in community economic development, for the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.
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53 Responses to Meeting humor – S17.2

  1. Weimiao Wang says:

    In my opinion, appear smart and humor during meetings or workplaces also can see as an effectiveness of charismatic leadership. Charismatic leadership means leaders own several positive and compelling qualities that can attract others to be lead by the person who owns these personalities. Many famous and efficient leaders around the world are labeled charismatic. According to surveys, charismatic leaders own good skills of communication. These charismatic leaders can communicate deeply with followers and employees by raising strong emotions with them. Transformational leadership means leaders encourage and foster their followers with great loyalty and trust. Leaders own high expectations, and they inspire their employees to reach their goals. A successful leader should own charismatic and transformational leadership nowadays. Most leaders show their charismatic appeals, and charisma is a crucial factor to leaders. However, only have charisma is insufficient for operating organizations, and running leaders’ businesses. Transformational leadership can show its importance of leaders to develop and expand their organizations and can be more effective to appeal followers.

    • YUE LEI says:

      I agree.Humor is the essence of language art, is the product of human wisdom, but also the leader should have a beautiful, healthy quality. Western political leaders and celebrities attach great importance to their own humor. They believe that humor is a symbol of wisdom, talent, knowledge, and education, self-expression, to please the people of the excellent way. Experienced leaders all know that humorous leaders are more likely to work with the masses than the old-fashioned leaders and that the people around them can work together with themselves, and it is necessary to show leadership through humor and enhance affinity.

    • Yuebin Liu says:

      I agree with you. Firstly, humor is a very important compelling qualities for a leader. It can create a relaxed and flexible work environment. It is very important to reduce the employees’ pressure. Also it can increase the employees’ innovation. Secondly, a leader who has the charisma be more effective to attract followers. That means most of employees are prefer follow a leader who has the charisma quality.

      • Jian Shen says:

        I agree with you. A funny leader always makes the work environment relaxed. workers in the reliable working environment will be more creative. The colleague relationship will more harmonious compared with in a stressful working environment. As a result, the organization will be efficient. However, the strict regulation is necessary.

    • Huanzhi Jia says:

      From my point of view, charismatic leadership is the key for an organization to be successful, and the sense of humor will reduce the nervous of the employee during the meeting, and have the attention as well

  2. Lori MacMullin says:

    These are all tactics, funny as they may be, to conform and fit into the environment by soliciting a reaction from your peers. In essence, any of the actions described facilitate interactions between people and that social interaction contributes to assisting the group to understand the environment. Once the environment is established and understood people become more at ease, share ideas more freely, and work towards achieving the goals at hand. I don’t believe these behaviors have anything to do with management style or even varying personalities. People are always searching for the next big thing that will aid in their success and all of the “self-help” articles/books, on the market, appeal to that human need to be better or know something that the next person doesn’t. To take it further, we have the need to validate what we say and so we give objective examples to add credibility to our conversation. Whether factual or not, the example given of drawing the graph is an objective display that provides objectivity and therefore lends credibility to what we say.

    • Xiaojian Yang says:

      In fact, I think it’s very similar to marketing, and we need some skills to bring people closer to the next step. Sometimes speaking is also an art, for example, we always like to chat with people who are honey-mouthed, because his praise may make you happy a whole day. Then we are more willing to make friend with him. (Ummm, maybe we can change the title into “10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Datings”) XD

      • Kieran Hanley says:

        I could have used “10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Datings” from the ages 16-30. It would have saved a lot of anguish for my dates.In all seriousness, you make a good point about those honey-mouthed people. Being able to engage people and be a person that people are drawn to and are compelled to speak to is an art in and of itself. While it may not speak to a person’s intelligence, it does speak to a particular skill that can be invaluable if channeled correctly. Particularly in meetings if the rest of the participants are introverted or shy to express their opinions.

  3. YUE LEI says:

    Technicians from Sun, California, elaborate an “April Fool’s Day” farce every year. On one occasion, Scott McNealy, the president of the company, found his office into a miniature golf course and was full of small traps made of sand. Instead of punishing the perpetrators of this farce, corporate executives praised them. They believe that this humor can not only help employees collaborate in their work, but also boost morale.Let us all come to face the pressure of work! Many managers are busy with day-to-day affairs and making customers more satisfied. they are being pressed and frowned. How can I change this situation? Humor is an effective way to reduce work stress.Humor consultants have found that the implementation of humorous program management, many companies have significantly increased economic efficiency. “My company has a lot of improvement in the recession, what is the mystery, that is, laughing,” said Matt Carr, the author of “the best way to survive under pressure”Humor has many functions. It provides a new method and strategy for managers to manage and manage better, or to adjust themselves to the change of environment.

    • Lori MacMullin says:

      I agree with you Yue. Depending on the environment humor can be a tool that helps us establish a presence and make our audience feel at ease. This reminds me of some of the TED Talks I’ve watched where humor is built right in to solicit a positive response. Within the office, it can be a morale booster as you mentioned and when people are happy they are more productive. Maybe you are right. Perhaps humor could be a tool in the managers’ toolbox right next to the quality manual or balanced score card.

    • Weimiao Wang says:

      Hi yue, thanks for your sharing, exactly, humor is very important in business, and some companies even advocate that candidates should be properly considered for their sense of humor. In some multinational companies, humor has been applied in routine management, and it is regarded as a new management tool. Managers with a sense of humor can create a harmonious and relaxed working atmosphere for their employees, and a good mood is conducive to improving their work performance and creativity.

  4. Halo Chen says:

    LOL, the author is a really funny guy. When I finnished this reading, the only word in my mind is “zhuangbi”, which means to pretend you are a clever and smart people and show it to others. Yes, this acticle is a guideline to tell us how to zhaungbi. However, it has something behind humor. It’s controlling people’s mind. Do something they don’t know, they will be attracted by your activities. It shows us that the management and leadership’s final target is people’mind. Let them thinking, let them do what you want them to do. It shows us that we need to be confident, if you can’t, do something pretend you are confident. When we be a group with others, we need to think what others think and care everyone’s mood.

    • Yuanzuo Huang says:

      It is so cool that you used the term “Zhuangzi,” and I kind of understand your point of choosing this Chinese phrase. But for me,author’s idea is more like an exaggerated way,and we are on the same side at this point. Differently, management and leadership have similarities and differences which management is like a trade, the typical example would be transactional leadership.Leadership is about inspiration and motivation, a group people can have an efficient performance by good leaders.

  5. Yuebin Liu says:

    I really appreciate transformational leadership, in which leaders focus on the beliefs, needs, and values of their followers. The essence of transformational theories is that leaders transform their followers through their inspirational nature and charismatic personalities. More specifically, rules and regulations are flexible, guided by group norms. This leadership provide a sense of belonging for employees as they can achieve their value and trust through their job. Also it can provide a relax work environment, it can reduce the stress of employees and improve the work efficiency. I think most of employees are prefer follow transformational leadership to work. However, sometimes humor is difficult for some people. Some people has enough professional skill and do their job perfect , but they can not to be a leader. Because they do not have the several positive and compelling qualities.

    • Rujing Wang says:

      I agree with your opinion. In class MBAC5105, we have considered there is four main part in the transformational model, consisting of idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration. Thus, transformational leadership is regarded as an extension of Maslow’s theory because it involves how to motivate employees and how to achieve expected or better outcomes. Leadership is a combination between art and science. One the one hand, the style of leadership, which basically cannot be copied, varies from person to person, and successful leadership is inspirational to internal and even external organizations.

  6. Xiaojian Yang says:

    Lol, life is so all about acting. I find that this article provides some solutions for “The Dark Side of Metcalfe’s Law” and “the skyrocket meeting time”, which are come from a reading material “Your scarcest resource” (Michael Mankins,2014) in the leadership course last term. Indeed, so many meetings take us a lot of time to sit there and most of them are irrelevant to us. Although we did not listen to the content of the meeting, we still need to maintain respect and understanding of others. I understand that good interpersonal relationship will bring a lot of unexpected conveniences during our work in future. But to think on the another side, because this “fake” respect and smart tricks which caused more meetings at a certain point.

  7. Kieran Hanley says:

    I would add to this list “Speak in Platitudes” and be sure not to say anything too specific. Over-arching comments such as “But from an innovation perspective, are we achieving value in terms of our key metrics – or are we running the risk of accruing unwanted TPS reports?” can be highly effective in making one sound engaged without having actually contributed anything of substance. In honesty, I have come to appreciate the Steve Jobs method of shutting a meeting down if it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Also, when all that is needed are opinions – and not a discussion – I would much rather have the opportunity to provide an opinion through an email or 1-on-1 interaction, and this is the approach I would take when faced with the choice as a Manager. Being able to delineate when a discussion is required or when simply information is required is the key here. My biggest pet peeve with meetings are when they do not have a strong leader or facilitator driving them. Conversations can easily go in all sorts of directions and down myriad rabbit holes if not properly managed. What is troublesome is when individuals have different requirements when it comes to decision-making, collaboration, etc. that are not compatible. There are those that want to meet face-to-face at every opportunity to talk things through. Then there are those that think such interactions are inefficient and would prefer to keep discussions going over email. When these different types of personalities need to collaborate, it can become very troublesome to find a middle ground.

    • Yan Xu says:

      i remember i read an article about non productive meeting, one of the solution which i think is the most effective way is shutting it down when the meeting goes nowhere. also i agree with you the point about the difference between having a discussion and getting opinion. we need opinions to support our discussion in the meeting.

  8. Tingyu Wang says:

    Humor is really important in meetings. It helps participants stay focused and won’t feel bored or tired. Of course, proper humor can regulate the atmosphere, but the most important thing is meeting people face to face and communicating. Proper humor can improve the efficiency of meetings and eventually achieve satisfactory results for all. Therefore, leaders in the meeting should have clear and sharp thinking, clear and clear, good at verbal expression, good communication skills and good analytical ability, and can do things wrong, talk about behavior, do not talk about personality. Patience is also important, and leaders can listen to different ideas actively. Like in the article mentioned, translate percentage metrics into fractions not only can help the audience understand the contents faster, but also show that you have good performance.

  9. Wenyuan(Simon) Fan says:

    I am interested in one tip of leaving the meeting for phone calls on purpose. I can hardly agree with the author since this behavior may cause misunderstanding. Generally, attending a meeting requires you to keep phones off or silence. Making a phone call can lead people thinking you are not paying that much attention to the meeting, otherwise, you will not leave the phone ringing. In many formal meetings, taking a phone call is somehow, not allowed due to the respect to other attendees.

    • shengxin wang says:

      I agree with you, it is not polite to make a phone call in a meeting. On one hand, it will influence the efficiency of the meeting. On the other hand, from the perspective of other attendants, the meeting will give really bad experience.

    • Jiushen Li says:

      I agree with Simon, I hate people play the phone when someone is talking or speaking with you. I think this behavior is so rude. Please do not make the phone call in the meeting!

      • Caroline Holway says:

        I have a difficult time with this one. In my workplace, phones are not required to be turned off. I keep going back to “understand your culture” and wonder if today’s Western workplaces are changing to such an extent that the use of phones (reading and responding to texts) is becoming embedded in a new organizational culture. Personally, I find it not only disrespectful, but also distracting, when I see colleagues on their phones during meetings. I understand that several use the device to add dates to a planner. but I know it is used for more than organizational purposes. Taking time to collaboratively establish group norms for appropriate cell phone use, during the initial meeting, may be a solution.

  10. shengxin wang says:

    I am pretty interested in the tip of drawing a Venn diagram in the morning before go to the meeting. On one hand, drawing a Venn diagram could help you to be prepared. On the other hand, the more ideas you could pop up, the more discussion there would be in the meeting. Therefore, results are probably better. It does not matter how the Venn diagram looks like. It is the process that matters. You can go through details and be prepared for the meeting.

    • ruoxi qi says:

      Yes, I agree with you that drawing a Venn diagram would help a lot before go to a meeting. It does not have to be really logical, just pop up what you think of. It is kind of brainstorm when you put forward what the considerations and ideas. Attendants would get together to figure things out through discussion.

  11. Huanzhi Jia says:

    I found these very funny.
    I don’t even have a work now…..
    So, gonna try them out at my fishing spots….. Some how , some way, especially the number 6 “will this scale” no matter what it is….

  12. ruoxi qi says:

    The most impressive tip is nodding continuously while pretending to take notes. When you nod continuously, it reflects that you focus on the meeting or the presentation. Nodding is a response and feedback to the presenter. Taking notes will let presenters or boss think that you listen to them carefully and pay attention to what they say.

    • jiahua yang says:

      i agree with your opinion. nodding continuously will show great respect to the others during the meeting. the presenter will get much feedback from you. taking notes can also leave the boss or presenter a great impression. they will know you are listening carefully.

    • Danqi Li says:

      I absolutely agree with you. Nodding continuously while pretending to take notes shows that you are pay attention to the meeting content. And when you nod, presenters will take notice of you and know that you are listening to them. That’s a respect. On the other hand, the trick here is that everyone in the meeting see that you are nodding and taking note. That also means you are finishing your work and don’t need to do extra work.

  13. Liu Chen says:

    Humour is a health quality. It can make people’s lives to be full of temperament and interest. In the work, humour can improve work efficiency for people. Sometimes, it can help people solve some problems by special methods. Because of humour, the heavy work will be relaxed. Therefore, a good leader should exploit employees’ humour, and use this ability in the work. Like the article said, if a employee can solve awkward circumstance in the conference, I believe this person have great wisdom, and can greatly solve issues in the work. Of course, depending on the environment humour can be used tool in the work. People should properly show their humour to improve work environment.

    • Bo Jiang(Austin) says:

      I strongly agree with you. Humor plays an indispensable role in the process of solving problems. Humor brings relax and happy to other people and it can create an environment which reduces others’ pressure. It is no doubt that humor is one of the most significant traits which social leaders have. Humor symbolize a type of positive attitude. This is why I think humor is the most important factor for attracting other people’s attention.

    • Wenyuan(Simon) Fan says:

      It is very interesting to relate leadership with the humor for the article. In terms of leadership, humor is something rarely showed among great leaders when most of them are showing strong attitude and controlling capability. However, in most middle-sized or even smaller sized organizations, leadership is not such an aggressive position but more like a director. Thus, it is vital to have a proper relationship with followers. Humor can actually release the tension and build a bridge between leaders and followers. However, it is also tricky to balance the humor and leadership. Knowing the people you work with and how to bring a close and professional relationship with them is vital.

  14. Jian Shen says:

    I enjoy work in a reliable environment. Humor is an important character for a leader. Leadership charisma in the team or organization can often play an unexpected role. This is a good motivation for workers who fell not tried in working. On the other hand, it is easy to communicate between the upper and lower levels. An interesting leader will not give workers too much pressure, so the leader can easily get more information about the organization. Then he will easy to manage the organization.

    • Peng Chen says:

      I agree with you because a good work environment and a humorous leader can give his subordinate improve a relaxed work environment. In this way, employees will be able to bring out their talents and offer many unique insights to solve the problems faced by them. employees can put forward their own idea and opinion boldly. the company learns more it is the benefit for company develop.

  15. jiahua yang says:

    this article introduces us several tricks that makes you smart during the meetings. there are several of them that i quite agree. i think encourage everyone to take a step back is useful. during the meeting, every people are willing to illustrate their own opinion. this will make the argument. in that situation, we can let others take a step back in order to continue the meeting. besides, when others are express their opinion, we can nod continuously while pretending to take notes. this shows great respect to the others. making fun of yourself is also important. the sense of humour is an essential factor in the company. the colleagues will think that you are a easygoing person. people will be glade to coopearate with you. these tricks seem to be very small, but we can leave a better impression on the other people if we are good at these tricks.

    • Yang Peng says:

      Yes, I agree with u. Appropriate concessions will help the team’s overall unity and nod continuously while pretending to take notes, this is a respect for the speaker.

  16. Yang Peng says:

    The article is sarcastic about of the phenomenon who putting on AIRS and like to over-show their own, and so many people think that behavior is humorous, this is the opposite. In my opinion, appropriate humor helps to improve work efficiency and ease the tense atmosphere, but overly show their own that behavior is extremely naive and ridiculous. So the humorous behaviors need to stop where it should be stopped.

    • SHUTONG YU says:

      Yes, I agree with you. Meetings can be the most useless things, and are rarely useful to push forward or coordinate work.This seems to be really about being stupid but finding ways to create noise for the really smart discussions. How to exist in a confusing chaotic and absurd corporate organization.

  17. Peng Chen says:

    this article introduction about leader’s skill. leaders need the capacity to improvise. firstly, the leader need give his subordinate a casual working environment when they have a meeting. because his subordinate can improvise and help his subordinates offer more proposal. secondly, the leader need to record what his subordinate idea. if his subordinate ask questions, the leader can quickly give a good solution. at the same time, the leader also need to respect his subordinates. subordinates are encouraged to give their ideas freely. the leader can nod continuously while doing so. this proves support their opinions. on the other hand, A relaxed work environment can reduce stress and improve work efficiency. so leader skills and ability are very important

  18. Zhenghan Wang says:

    While some of the tricks are reasonable and practical, some are seemed to be a little bit radical and adventurous, such as the last two¬: step out for a phone call and make fun of yourself to admit that you are totally lost.
    However, the root for these tricks to exist is that we are all “pretending” more or less in our daily lives. It is an embarrassing but true fact. There used to be a popular saying “every day is a performance and there is no rehearsal of it”. As there are some events that are of little or no practical meanings but we have to attend (including but not limited to business meetings), it is essential for us to acquire some tricks to get through it without making ourselves as well as other participators embarrassed. In some of those events, the most important thing may not be concentrating every single minute from the beginning to the very end, but making sure that everyone is feeling comfortable and having a harmonious atmosphere. Therefore, these tricks are kind of crucial for us.

  19. SHUTONG YU says:

    There is no doubt that this is a funny article. But we should think about why most people can not focus on their meetings. In my opinion, leaders play an important role in meeting. They should have attractive meeting skills, such as the sense of humor. A good sense of humor is fun and everyone is aware of the benefits of humor for our well being, that is why humor is used every day. A good understanding of the effect of humor in the workplace is becoming more important, because nowadays more people expect the workplace to be fun. Humor has more effects on the working environment besides creating a fun and attractive environment. Positive humor reduces stress; makes people more receptive; and helps to ensure good communication. The leader can make meetings more effective by making the meetings more relevant for employees. The leader can also play the role of facilitator in meetings, because leaders have a higher attendance in meetings than non- supervisors.

    • Lisa MacDougall says:

      The leader or the meeting chairperson plays a very important role in a meeting. They can set the tone of the meeting and a good facilitator ensures the meeting meets its objective. Humor can certainly put attendees at ease or be used as a strategy to diffuse a tense discussion or situation. The best meetings are ones with a purpose, an adhered set time limit, the opportunity for everyone to feel their contributions and time are valuable and the fortitude to cut things off when they’re not working. My most successful meetings we ones where a social component was introduced after the formal meeting ended. eg..lunch, wine and cheese reception, etc. This provides a great opportunity for group bonding.

  20. Yuanzuo Huang says:

    First of all, I was surprised by the way from the author to show the smartness in the meeting. I suspect that is because of the culture difference, most of the people of my generation had been told that to be normal and do not be outstanding when we grew up. So the way people will behave is to keep quiet and follow the mainstream. Based on the cultural background, I don’t quite agree with several points (2,5,6,7,8), the reasons are the behavior can be rude to interrupt the presenters, and some behaviors are not necessary to act if audits have the understanding the content of the meeting. The author gave us the illusion of once you do those, then you may be smart. Pushing those behaviors can lead the result to be “thin.” However, points 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 are what I would suggest people do, point one and three are great ways to help you to explore the information and make the logic clearer. Fourth and ninth points can show the respect to the presenters. The tenth is a good method to relax the atmosphere. Overall, what you behave reflects your intention and the background you have.

    • Zhenghan Wang says:

      Exactly. It has much to do with the culture difference. In China, meeting participators are expected to listen and follow what the leader says, especially in hierarchical systems. Meanwhile, in the western world, usually all the participators are expected to participate actively. Thus, there are spaces for people to act “smart”.

  21. Bo Jiang(Austin) says:

    I have already know how to grab other people’s attention in the process of a meeting after reading this article. From my own perspective, humor is the best way to come into notice of other people in a meeting. On one hand, humor can create a relaxed environment which makes others feel comfortable. On the other hand, people are will to make good relationship with you. Because no one will reject a charming person. Humor is also the significant part of social leaders, and it plays an important element in the process of solving an issue. Humor is the key point which makes people work together and achieve the common goals. With the development of community economic, the culture differences exist among people. The smile is a good way to solve the issues which about cultural differences. According to this article, I know how to attract others’ attention and be an excellent presenter in a meeting.

    • LU NIE says:

      your comment is great! Humor is so important in the society nowadays. It is a good method to reduce the strange feelings with others. most people meet and communicate with the people in the meeting may be strangers. And humor is also a good method to show you opinion and make others receive and understand it easier. Humor is an important personality and makes you become popular in the meeting.

  22. LU NIE says:

    By reading this material, I get some good ideas. A good performance in the meeting is important because it can show you to others that you are smart, conscientious, and popular. However, you should not be perfect in the meeting. You can bring a notebook to show that you understand others opinions, be brave to go outside to connect with others, this behavior is not impolite, and make ourselves happy in the meeting is also important, I like these opinions and advises.
    of course, we still should do some preparatory work serious-minded and sufficiently.

  23. Caroline Holway says:

    Before reading Sarah Cooper’s article about meetings, I take a look at the staged picture chosen to represent meetings. I make several assumptions about the context before reading the content. Many of these assumptions are gathered from situational characteristics. I assume they have a positive influence on what’s taking place. The group seems engaged. Pens and papers are in hand while water glasses are strategically placed on the table; this is all a very lovely sight. The group has a one to one gender balance. How often does this happen in the real world? Is this a team working on a project?

    Based on Schwartman’s definition of meetings, this appears to be an AC combination, the ideal meeting, from a strictly instrumental perspective. I assume the meeting is purposive, and involves talk, (talk with a purpose) because the young man looks like he’s talking. The discussion, assuming there is one, seems to be focused around some goal that will move the group closer to action. The social dynamics of the meeting process, said to be similar in all meetings, cannot be captured from an image. This meeting is likely more than simply bringing people together in order for the young man to dispel information and/or give direction to the group. The importance of the pre and post meeting times is lost completely because this is only a snapshot. If real social construction happens, it won’t be around this table. We have ascertained that this only happens in dyads. For example, after meetings walking to the parking lot when two people share a common understanding.

    I have a difficult time with the word “smart” being used in the title (I make a point never to refer to anyone as smart) and apparently my sense of humour is lacking because I don’t find any of the ten tricks to be particularly funny. Never the less, I will write about trick number four, “nod continuously while pretending to take notes.” From a psychological point of view, people use nodding to reinforce understanding. Now I wonder if we’ve conditioned to do so. From what we’ve learned recently, non-verbal cues like these are not capacity building; there needs to be a conversation. How can we tell if people understand if there is no clarification?

    People pretending to write notes may be preoccupied (not listening) and hide this by looking engaged. Are these people just hiding so they do not have to speak? Perhaps. Furthermore, rules of engagement are put in place to help mediate a meeting. The meeting may be further constrained by the rules of engagement. I’m glad we touched on Robert’s Rules of Order during class time. I have been to hundreds of hours of staff and not-for-profit board meetings yet it was only last year that I was introduced to the use of Robert’s rules in the running of a meeting. I look at these rules in a very differently light now that I know they exist to pattern behaviour. I wonder to what extent the critics are correct when they say that rules may impede rather than facilitate proceedings. From my very limited experience, I tend to agree.

  24. Danqi Li says:

    Meeting is a critical social component that is an organized and purposeful way of putting people together to discuss problems. These ten tricks are so funny and may not be the normal way to engage in work but worth learning. Drawing a Venn diagram can be viewed as a behavior to prepare for your next task. Combining this trick with the knowledge from organizational behavior, the first individual behavior at work is task performance that means people with goal-directed behaviors that help support organizational behaviors work with other colleagues to create valuable ideas to promote performance. In other words, drawing a Venn diagram is a behavior that shows your positivity and responsibility for work. However, the trick here is that whatever you do an inaccurate or accurate work on this diagram, your colleagues will fight for the rest details. Therefore, what you should do is waiting until they finish. That not only shows your conscientious working attitude but also highlights your higher position than others.
    As we learned from social leadership, there are five things you can do in a meeting: inform, direct, deliberate, decide, and provide fellowship. Among these steps, deliberate and decide can be seen as one huge part that people get to open area to discuss and find issues and finally decide want to do or not and change plan or just stay. Repeating the last thing the engineer said can be included in the part of deliberate because this behavior can show your contribution through discussing and finding issues. However, the trick here is what constructive suggestion you present is from the engineer who is representative of experts and elite. Although the valuable idea is proposed by the engineer, you repeat it again with your own mood. People will subconsciously owe this intelligent statement to you and admire you.
    These ten tricks all reflect a theory that I learned from leadership: Charismatic leadership. When group members perceive a leader to have a certain characteristic, the leader will more likely be perceived as charismatic. In simple words, leadership exists in the eyes of the follower. Meeting is an open area where any detail will be catched by others. Whether you use “1 in 4” to show your quick math skill or step out for a phone call to show your busy and importance, these behaviors will be catched by others who secretly admire you. According to these ten tricks, the reason why people learn these items is want to differentiate themselves apart from everyone else and show they are smarter than others. Nevertheless details are a fantastic way to show their difference. For example, if you draw a Venn diagram but someone else doesn’t do it, they will follow your step. If you ask the presenter to go back a slide, others will think you are paying closer attention than they do and will secretly admire and be envious. Repeating expert said to show your intelligence is also a way to show your charisma. Therefore, as a business student, these tricks are very helpful for us to be smarter and effectively participate in working.

  25. Yan Xu says:

    In fact, we all know that it is hard for every attender actually participate in the meeting. Team meetings can be massive wastes of time if no one is actually listening and thinking. However, acting smart seems like a small fixe you can make that may actually generate some ideas. All the tricks that Sarah Cooper mentioned do really work to make you looks smart. The important thing is after people realized you are smart and “participating” in the meeting. They might think they need to make some efforts. As the leader in the meeting, what they want is make sure the meeting is effective and going well. So they should be able to recognize what is happening during the meeting. The moderator should know when to turn the meeting over. If your questions and actions put forward meaningful point, the moderator can recognize that a particular team member knows more about a topic of discussion, so that to keep things moving quickly.

  26. Lisa MacDougall says:

    I wonder when this article was originally published if there is a group of people that would think this the norm of acceptable behavior and not satire?
    1. I’ve been in meetings where employees have retreated back to playing on their phones without the benefit of a Venn Diagram contribution.
    2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions. This can be particularly impressive to a younger audience. Almost as good as giving the teenage cashier a set amount of payment knowing what the desired predetermined change will be …that blank look is priceless =)
    3. Take a step back sometimes is needed to get back into focus regardless of buying yourself that extra hour of smartness.
    4. Nod continuously while pretending to take notes. Good advice, just as valuable if used by the student in the classroom…just kidding =)
    “Your rejection of technology will be revered” or show the true dinosaur of technology that you really are.
    5 . Repeat the last thing the engineer said, but very very slowly
    … “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.
    NOTE TO SELF: Find engineer to attend meetings with me.
    6. “Will social leadership system scale?”
    7. Pace around the room; Good preventative measure to nodding off in said meeting.
    8. Ask the presenter to go back a slide
    “Sorry, could you go back a slide?”… 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. …or maybe you really just don’t understand the slide means.
    9. Step out for a phone call
    …because you really don’t know how to turn your cell phone ringer off.
    10. Make fun of yourself
    There are folks that honestly didn’t hear a single word anyone said for the last hour so not a big stretch.

  27. diana3101 says:

    As a leader, they do not just need the enough professional skill, the personality charm is also the very important part for a leader, especially in the transformational leadership. The new type of leadership can bring lots of benefits for a company, such as democratic group, innovative idea, and harmonious development. In addition, humor is a very important character for a leader. Humor always bring lots of relaxing atmosphere in a company. It is a good way to reduce the stresses for all employees. On the other hand, humor is a very useful method to make all employees work together. That means all of the employees has the same company culture and long-term goals. That is very important for a company to have a high-speed and stable development. I believe that both transformational leadership and transactional leadership are meaningful in the field of management. Transformational leadership is adept at coping with macro-management issues, while transactional leadership can better deal with micromanagement issues. Leaders are supposed to understand the situation, consider other factors such as teamwork, employees’ skills and employees’ emotions, and executive leadership based on evidence.

  28. ZhengQian Peng says:

    The article is funny, it is good strategy to pretend you are listening while you are not. But, have you thought about why these tricks that can make people thought you are focusing and listening. The answer is that some of these behavior is exactly a real listening should do, a real reaction a listener has, and it is important. Think of while you are presenting, do you want your audiences have the same reaction or they have no response even they are listening. So, after I read this article, I also reconsider that sometimes when I am listening others presentation, have I give the presenter enough support by my reaction?

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