Be Proud When You’re the Dumbest Person in the Meeting Room

Celebrate and shout it from the rooftop (in your head).

Tim Denning
Mar 2 · 5 min read
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  1. Sit there and be proud of your dumbness. See it as an achievement or even an opportunity.

Comfortable people don’t make you grow

If all you do is have comfortable meetings with people you’re friends with or who have less skill/experience than you, you won’t get anywhere in life.

When you’re the dumbest person in the room, you’re unofficially the person nominated to grow the most in the meeting.

It’s uncomfortable and scary to know your position in the meeting room and come close to the idea you could be kicked out or never invited to another meeting of this type again with the same smart people. But it’s also a huge growth opportunity.

You’re not dumb; you’re learning.

The magic of the phrase “Dumbest person in the room”

Calling yourself dumb can seem offensive and unhelpful. People who tell you to love yourself can advocate against it. It’s helpful, though, because the harshness of the statement gets you into action.

You can just sit there and shut up

Being the dumbest person in the room might seem like a lame strategy that opens you up to all sorts of dire situations in your mind. The coolest part about being the dumbest person in the room is that you can just sit there and shut up.

  • Shut up
  • Look like you should be there
  • Pay attention
  • Show genuine interest in the conversation with your facial expressions
  • Let go of a few smiles (people are attracted to that and they don’t know why)

You don’t have to answer

What happens if you’re the dumbest person in the meeting room and the worst-case scenario happens and you’re asked a question you can’t answer?

You get to celebrate

At the end of the meeting, when you make it through (and you will), you’ll have something to celebrate loudly in your head. You did it! You’ll look back on the experience and be proud because you dared to dream.

Final Thought

Many people I have worked with over the years find being the dumbest person in the meeting room scary. They’re afraid to be found out. But as you can see from my career experience, you don’t have to be afraid.

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Aussie Blogger with 100M+ views — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship www.timdenning.com

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