Sarah Cooper is now a published author, but she started her career working in the tech industry — which is known for its egos as far as intellect is concerned — and she gleaned some important meeting tips during her time there. In particular, she discovered myriad ways to look as smart as possible in meetings at work, and she compiled these into her first book, '100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.'
To be sure, Cooper's book is more satire than it is genuine tips. The book is designed to lampoon business in general, with references that will resonate with anyone who frequently works on team projects, regardless of whether they're in the tech industry or not. There's a grain of truth in every joke, though. Cooper's tricks — things like drawing pointless Venn diagrams or translating percentages into fractions — might seem silly, but in the right environment they can help people to gain the foothold they need in a meeting and allow them to contribute with real ideas.