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The Funniest Ted Talk Ever To Teach You How To Sound Smart

The Funniest Ted Talk Ever To Teach You How To Sound Smart

Have you ever wondered about how people, especially those who know almost nothing about a subject, still seem the one and only authority on a given topic? These are the kind of people who get by and sound smart even though they have little to no expertise on a subject. These people are able to get a portion of the message across that might seem sophisticated for those who have no or limited knowledge in that particular field of study.

Are these people really smart or do they possess some skills that make them seem smart? Well, Will Stephen deals with this question in a TED talk in an especially funny way. His humor and delivery of his “presentation” is extraordinary.  His talk might seem a little silly at first for those who are not used to this kind of humor, but it is worth watching all the way through.

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The reason why this video could change the way you think about those who seem smart is because Will delivers his silly presentation about nothing through a manner of speaking that makes it feel like he knows what he is talking about…even though he does not. Basically, he teaches us how to sound AND seem smart by using hand gestures, adjusting and taking off glasses or presenting data in a way that comes off as professional.

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The way he manages to get the message across is by making it feel like he has done his homework. As a matter of fact, if you would watch this video with the sound off, you would believe that he is a genuine and professional speaker who uses graphs, bullet points and diagrams to support his argument…even though he does none of that.

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It is a truly enlightening 5-6 minute talk that could provide you with some indirect tips and tricks on how to sound smart in any given situation. So jump right in and watch the video now. It will be worth your time

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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