“In presentations or speeches less really is more”
― Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting
Everyone likes to sound as though they know what they’re talking about. Well, almost everyone, that is. I shy away from that sort of thing, because once people think you know something, they start asking you all kinds of annoying questions in an attempt to trip you up and embarrass you in front of your friends. My approach is to plead complete ignorance, to claim no knowledge whatsoever about anything. The drawback there, of course, is that when you admit to having large gaps in your understanding, an enlightened person always appears, uninvited and as if by magic, intent on educating you – and making a public show of it at the same time, mostly to embarrass you in front of your friends.
One way the informed people promote their own image is by imparting some secret morsel of insight, a little-known fact that demonstrates their status as inner-circle experts.
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