Don't Be a "Know-it-all"
February 8, 2017 by Bill Rosenthal

Man pointing at himself

“I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.”

Dave Barry (1947- )

The American humor columnist, Dave Barry, makes a good point. “Know-it-alls” aren’t terribly popular. Here are some tips for not sounding overbearing to your audience:

  • Don’t argue small points. Acknowledge that some people feel that way and move on.
  • Ask the audience for examples rather than supplying them all yourself. This will also test their buy-in to your topic.
  • Tell success stories that don’t involve you. The fewer times you use the word “I”, the less like an egomaniac you’ll appear to your audience.