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January 27, 2010 / zlost

How to be a stealth geek

  • Make eye contact.

    I don’t know if there’s an optimal frequency or rhythm to this. I guess it varies.

    • Look at your interlocutor when she speaks to tune in to non-audible channels and to convey your attention.
    • Look at your interlocutor when you speak to give her access to the same non-audible channels and to convey sincerity
  • There’s a boundary between insightful and pedantic.

    • The location of the boundary line is a function of context and audience.
    • It’s hard to guess this location right away, so choose the side you’d prefer to err on1.

Just a couple points for now.

1Pointing out that I ended this sentence in a preposition is a prime example of crossing the insightful → pedantic boundary.

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