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Zoe Chou said
10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings   Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings. 1. Draw a Venn diagram Getting up and drawing a Venn diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn't matter if your Venn diagram is wildly inaccurate, in fact, the more inaccurate the better. Even before you've put that marker down, your colleagues will begin fighting about what exactly the labels should be and how big the circles should be, etc. At this point, you can slink back to your chair and go back to playing Candy Crush on your phone. 2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions If someone says “About 25% of all users click on this button,” quickly chime in with, “So about 1 in 4,” and make a note of it. Everyone will nod their head in agreement, secretly impressed and envious of your quick math skills. 3. Encourage everyone to “take a step back” There comes a point in most meetings where everyone is chiming in, except you. Opinions and data and milestones are being thrown around and you don’t know your CTA from your OTA. This is a great point to go, “Guys, guys, guys, can we take a step back here?” Everyone will turn their heads toward you, amazed at your ability to silence the fray. Follow it up with a quick, “What problem are we really trying to solve?” and, boom! You've bought yourself another hour of looking smart. 4. Nod continuously while pretending to take notes Always bring a notepad with you. Your rejection of technology will be revered. Take notes by simply writing down one word from every sentence that you hear. Nod continuously while doing so. If someone asks you if you’re taking notes, quickly say that these are your own personal notes and that someone else should really be keeping a record of the meeting. Bravo compadre. You've saved your ass, and you've gotten out of doing any extra work. Or any work at all, if you’re truly succeeding. 5. Repeat the last thing the engineer said, but very very slowly Make a mental note of the engineer in the room. Remember his name. He’ll be quiet throughout most of the meeting, but when his moment comes everything out of his mouth will spring from a place of unknowable brilliance. After he utters these divine words, chime in with, “Let me just repeat that,” and repeat exactly what he just said, but very, very slowly. Now, his brilliance has been transferred to you. People will look back on the meeting and mistakenly attribute the intelligent statement to you. 6. Ask “Will this scale?” no matter what it is It’s important to find out if things will scale no matter what it is you’re discussing. No one even really knows what that means, but it’s a good catch-all question that generally applies and drives engineers nuts. 7. Pace around the room Whenever someone gets up from the table and walks around, don’t you immediately respect them? I know I do. It takes a lot of guts but once you do it, you immediately appear smart. Fold your arms. Walk around. Go to the corner and lean against the wall. Take a deep, contemplative sigh. Trust me, everyone will be shitting their pants wondering what you’re thinking. If only they knew (bacon). 8. Ask the presenter to go back a slide “Sorry, could you go back a slide?” They’re the seven words no presenter wants to hear. It doesn't matter where in the presentation you shout this out, it’ll immediately make you look like you’re paying closer attention than everyone else is, because clearly they missed the thing that you’re about to brilliantly point out. Don’t have anything to point out? Just say something like, “I’m not sure what these numbers mean,” and sit back. You've bought yourself almost an entire meeting of appearing smart. 9. Step out for a phone call You’re probably afraid to step out of the room because you fear people will think you aren't making the meeting a priority. Interestingly, however, if you step out of a meeting for an “important” phone call, they’ll all realize just how busy and important you are. They’ll say, “Wow, this meeting is important, so if he has something even more important than this, well, we better not bother him.” 10. Make fun of yourself If someone asks what you think, and you honestly didn't hear a single word anyone said for the last hour, just say, “I honestly didn't hear a single word anyone said for the last hour.” People love self-deprecating humor. Say things like, “Maybe we can just use the lawyers from my divorce,” or “God I wish I was dead.” They’ll laugh, value your honesty, consider contacting H.R., but most importantly, think you’re the smartest looking person in the room. 
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Morning! Embrace your day with positive attitude. Play the laughter. Pause the memories. Stop the rain. Replay the happiness. -- Claire Peng Source: http://tislanzarrecipes.com/25-inspiring-quotes-life/ 
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如果總是作一些預期之內的事情,那就不會有意想不到的驚喜發生。 Try to think out of the box and something unexpected might come around. -- Posted by Claire Peng Source: Think & Speak Peace
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Zoe Chou said
Pic via The New York Times 踏出comfort zone、選好行業用語、也很有自信的表達出自己了,恭喜你就要完成自己的履歷了! 你可能會問,可是你沒教我如何寫履歷啊?只不過是一些減法啊? 我們在第一篇提到,【履歷的減法】系列不會教你格式,正如英語島不會只教你單字文法那些上網查就有的東西,建立起你的英語腦才是我們擅長的。所以在前面三篇當中,我們減去了你的不安、贅字、與過度謙虛,而【履歷的減法】系列最後一篇,是加法:你需要加上一個自我推薦信(Cover Letter)。 自我推薦信為何重要? 假如有兩個信用卡業務員來向你推卡,一個只給你簡介,另一位簡單說明了卡片優點及適合你的原因,如果兩張優惠幾乎一樣,你會選擇辦哪一張呢? 如果是我會選擇後者,因為對他第一時間產生了期待,印象比較突出,自我推薦信就是這樣的道理,這封信就是以後你工作上寄出的信的標準,收到的人會期望這位新員工以後也會這樣介紹公司、對待客戶。不過正如減法強調的,這封信絕對不會是履歷內容的重複,而是讓你表達出為什麼你想要進入這個公司。 ●Why am I a good fit? 如果把工作履歷想成一餐,履歷跟自傳是主菜,自我推薦信就是前菜了,前菜的目的就是讓人期待主菜。自我推薦信的第一要務,在於說明為何你就是那位適合的員工。社會新鮮人往往無法在履歷表裡用經驗襯托自己,同時對於大多數的公司來說,心態比經驗能力更重要,而這也是傳統履歷上看不到的部分,所以你更需要自我推薦信來說明。 ▼我在貴公司徵才攤位和負責海外業務的陳經理聊過,印象很深刻。 During career week, my encounter with Mr. Chen at your company's stall left me with an everlasting impression. ▼我父母親從事這方面的工作,讓我小時候就開始接觸。 As both of my parents worked in this industry, my exposure started young. ▼ 因為這從小就是我的夢想。 Because this has been a dream ever since childhood. 回想一下人生中各個經驗帶來什麼意義,讓你希望應徵這份工作,把經驗化成自己的故事,讓人留下深刻的印象。 ●How can my skills be matched with companies’ requirements? 你找的工作跟之前經驗有什麼關係呢?你覺得你能把經驗跟公司作連接嗎?好吧,假如之前的行業無關,那麼要不要看看自己的專長跟工作有什麼關係呢? 比方說: 你想應徵國貿人員,可是你的工作經驗都是當家教 或是 你想應徵記者,可是你的工作經驗是餐廳外場 那麼你想想看,有沒有什麼相關的專長,例如國貿需要用外語,如果你之前是教英文,不就剛好?而且教學代表你擅長溝通,不是嗎? 餐廳外場要面對各式各樣的客人,當記者也要,而且如果你本身喜歡寫部落格,那這就是開啟你記者夢的起點。 即使你是用人力銀行網站,也應該要在送出應徵時,站在收件人的立場,在「自我推薦」的部分使用上述的方法,給自己多一點機會。 如何推薦自己是一種需要時間思考的技巧。你可能小時候會覺得內容越多越豐富,可是進入社會後反而相反。太多字了,很快對方就會失去興趣。寫履歷應徵工作不是看誰寫的夠多,而是看你寫的內容多麼的Epic。Epic就是在幾秒間把自己形容到對方永遠會記得你是誰。每一個人都可以把自己的故事講得精彩。你有沒有發現屬於你的精彩? 所以,快點寫那封自我推薦信吧!Good luck!! 有任何困難就參考方法卡吧!方法卡都包含了對你有幫助的線索。 文/N.Dannenbring 只講自己最精彩的highlight,讓你寫完以後嘆一聲:「寫得有夠好!」 英語島【 履歷的減法】不只教你如何寫英文履歷、自傳,讓你中文履歷也讓人印象深刻。系列連載到這邊告一段落,祝大家都能進入理想的職場。如果想知道如何寫英文自傳,或更多關於英文面試的問題,歡迎上來英語島切磋討論。 延伸閱讀: 英語島方法卡 #6 Epic--Start from the Middle http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/6 【履歷的減法】1. What are you afraid of ? What am I afraid of?  http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1387 【履歷的減法】2. Prove that you are worth it http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1428 【履歷的減法】3. Solidify yourself. http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1468  
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Zoe Chou said
Adopted, raised on different continents and connected through social media, Samantha and Anaïs realized they might be twins separated at birth... 如果有一天,你的朋友丟給你一個Youtube影片,「裡面那個人好像你喔!」 你可能會說「大概是我失散多年的兄弟姐妹吧!哈哈哈哈」 但萬一是真的呢...?你會驚慌?你會欣喜? 人生如戲,戲如人生。 Facebook收集了十則人生故事,配上圖表及照片,好讀推薦!  http://www.facebookstories.com/stories/53771/twinsters 
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