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Dealing With Intellectual Superiors

Every room has it–The smartest person in it. That person who interjects key insights into conversations, the one who knows what we need to do moving forward, or that guy who can explain what numbers are.

If you’re like me then you want to be that person–in every room you enter, whether it be a keynote speech at a regional conference, or the bathroom of Clux Chicken and Pancakes.

One thing we know is that there has to be the smartest person in a room. And while it pains me to admit this in a public forum, no matter what you do, you can’t be that person all the time.

But all is not lost.

You just need to have a highly effective strategy in your Workplace Toolbag™ for knocking that asshole down a peg, and evening the score a bit. I’d like to share that strategy with you today.

1) Thanks.
2) Smart.
3) Guy.

I call it: Three Magic Words To Knock Smart People Down a Peg™.

In order to be the smartest guy in the room they have to say something to get the title. And when they do, these three words take all the power from that person in an instant. Once you deliver them (in order), the whole room will immediately be against the elitist, hyper-intellectual showoff who just uttered these wise words. This creates a bond in the room focused solely on hating this gentleman’s brain–as opposed to taking in their clearly articulated, well thought out point.

It doesn’t completely diffuse his wisdom, but it does ground him a bit. More importantly, it doesn’t allow him to get ahead as much as he should be able to. Even if he’s the smartest person in the world, with this little strategy he won’t be THAT smart–and that’ll be all because of you.

Who’s the smart guy now?

(Hint: It’s You)

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  1. …or, you could just not be a jealous prick because someone sounds smarter than you. not everyone is a moron, that doesn’t mean they’re trying to be the smartest person in the room. you just think that way because you’re insecure.

    • to : umm no
      “thanks smart guy” for the comment. Sounds to me like you just think that way because you’re insecure.

  2. Winning said:

    Great comment Umm No! Thanks for joining the conversation.

    I’m not sure exactly what you just said but it sounds deeply felt. I can respect that. Look forward to your future commentary. I’m sure that my readers would appreciate what you just said if they understood it.

    Keep up the good work. You are an important part of this community.

  3. What you are suggesting adds nothing to the venture itself; you’re essentially suggesting sabotaging the person who is adding something to the venture. Your actions will reduce the size of the pie, but may give you personally a larger piece of it. I hope you see this is the approach of a leech. It’s self-evident that to prosper, businesses need to cleanse themselves of leeches.

    • GREAT COMMENT Punter! You are a vital part of this community!

      In answer to your question: Do I want a larger piece of the pie? GUILTY AS CHARGED.

      If that means having someone with a funny name call me a leech, and then tell me I need to take a bath, then I think that’s not a huge price to pay for my success.

      I’m pretty sure my readers feel the same way too…Smart Guy.

      See what I did there?

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