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LYM Daily

The One Time Playing Dumb Will Get You Ahead…

Imagine you’re in the middle of a conversation with an influencer or a potential client.

Things are going well except the other person isn’t what you’d call a “world class conversationalist.”

They ramble on and on or they keep interrupting.

What do you do?

The smartest thing to do is to play dumb.

Say nothing, and do nothing. At least for a while.

Communication expert Geoffrey Tumlin says playing dumb is an empathetic, effective conversational strategy.

When you stay silent, you give the other person the chance to self-correct.

You’ll find most people will say something like, “I’m sorry… I interrupted you,” or, ”Sorry, I’m rambling. Your turn!”

If they don’t self-correct, feel free to tell them firmly but politely that you haven’t finished speaking or that you have something you need to say.

But always give them a chance to self-correct, first.

It’s a communication “ninja move” that’ll earn you respect and trust.

I’m curious…

Can you think of an upcoming conversation where “playing dumb” would come in handy?

Share in the comments!

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About the Author Marisa Murgatroyd

Marisa is the founder of Live Your Message, where she turns entrepreneurs into Online Superheroes, and the creator of Start With You where she helps people just like you to discover the business they're meant to build, not just the business they can build. At 4’11 and a quarter, she’s called the shortest woman in marketing — and that doesn’t stop her from having huge ideas. She’s the “go to” brand builder for industry luminaries and heavyweights such as Justin Livingston, Callan Rush, Danny Iny, Alexis Neely and Susan Peirce Thompson. Marisa helps entrepreneurs create a business that is authentic and aligned with who they are, to empower them to turn up the dial on their “inner superhero”, so they can be the superhero to their tribe, as well as in their own lives.

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