Recently I had the pleasure of having dinner with the most precocious 14-year-old I have ever meant. He’s well read and learned, but he absolutely drove me batty. And not because he knows more about German politics than I do. It was that he was more of a know-it-all than I am.
My whole life I’ve been a know-it-all. That’s most likely why I consider Hermione Granger my spirit animal. Spouting my knowledge of the world is something I just do. It’s kind of like how I occasionally spout Jonas Brothers songs in the supermarket; it’s just something I subconsciously do. I mean no harm by it, I just feel the need to put my input in the conversation. And, yes, I do know it is incredibly annoying.
I’ve been this way since I was a wee little thing. I just like to butt into a conversation and say what I am thinking. It drives my parents up the wall and at 19 they still tell me off on it. It takes much effort on my part to not do it at all social gatherings. Especially when “High School Musical” comes up. Because I can tell you so much about that movie, I really can.
The best way to describe being a know-it-all is to describe it as an impulse. When listening to a conversation, you hear a phrase and your brain connects to a memory or fact. Then you must interject this memory or fact into the conversation because it is of utter importance and you might explode if you don’t. That’s pretty much what happens. And if you’ve seen Hermione Granger is action, you’ve seen what it looks like. The strain in her face and the wiggle of her fingers say it all.
Being a know-it-all isn’t something to brag about. It can irritate people and can be very rude in certain situations. And that’s why I’m sharing my tips to avoid being a know-it-all (most of the time) as they should be shared! They’ve helped me hold my tongue several times and I hope the help you!
How to Avoid Being a Know-It-All All the Time
1. Count to 10 before speaking
Once that little tidbit of information enters your brain and you’re about to speak, count to 10 and see how the impulse goes away and helps you hold your tongue.
2. Let someone speak before you
If there is someone else speaking, let them go before you. Chances are, you will either forget what you were about to say, or it will let that impulse go. Besides, it’s interesting to hear what others have to say!
3. Focus on a spot on the wall
This works the absolute best for when you’re in a large group and you cannot help but want to interject something. When the thought pops up, start staring at a spot on the wall. Focus solely on that and don’t let your focus move. The impulse might be strong, but this way if you do open your mouth, your brain will register that you are speaking to a wall, and, as that is embarrassing, it will stop you from speaking.
I hope this little tips work for you! Let me know in the comments if they do!
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