On the one hand, Sarah Cooper's 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings seems like the perfect Secret Santa or White Elephant gift for this year's office holiday party. But on the other hand....psssshhh! I'm not giving any of the yay-hoos I work with all the kind of secrets I need for myself. This book is one gift whose recipient will be the very same as its giver.
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings endeavors to teach us "how to appear smart in less than half the time it takes to actually learn anything." Constant nodding. Rhetorical questions. Trying to Use the Force to make it seem like you're focused and concentrating really, really hard on Bob's Q4 wrap-up slides. Cooper notes that with practice these little ploys can become part of you. So ingrained and subtle that no one will think you have Tourette's or bad constipation, they'll just think you're super, mad, wicked smart.
Each of the 100 Tricks are illustrated, and include both examples of how to use them, and scenarios in which they might come in handy. Further, all types of meetings get page time in this how-to, from high attendance general gatherings that instantly send you into a reverie about Vegas and hookers and tacos, to one-on-ones you tried to keep up with, but they were Just. So. Boring.
On a final note, the publishers would like to point out that all advice given in 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings is bad advice.
Probably just so you won't steal their moves.