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Sarah Cooper is writing a book on 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. While waiting for the publication of the book she has listed (with some humour) ten of her favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.

1. Draw a Venn diagram
2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions
3. Encourage everyone to “take a step back”
4. Nod continuously while pretending to take notes
5. Repeat the last thing the engineer said, but very very slowly
6. Ask “Will this scale?” no matter what it is
7. Pace around the room
8. Ask the presenter to go back a slide
9. Step out for a phone call
10. Make fun of yourself

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