How to deal with a know it all

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how to deal with a know it all

The Know-It-All: One Mans Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs

Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobss hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.

33,000 Pages
44 Million Words
10 Billion Years Of History
1 Obsessed Man

To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His wife, Julie, tells him its a waste of time, his friends believe he is losing his mind, and his father, a brilliant attorney who had once attempted the same feat and quit somewhere around Borneo, is encouraging but unconvinced.

With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unexpected and comically disruptive effects Operation Encyclopedia has on every part of Jacobss life -- from his newly minted marriage to his complicated relationship with his father and the rest of his charmingly eccentric New York family to his day job as an editor at Esquire. Jacobss project tests the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to explore the real meaning of intelligence as he endeavors to join Mensa, win a spot on Jeopardy!, and absorb 33,000 pages of learning. On his journey he stumbles upon some of the strangest, funniest, and most profound facts about every topic under the sun, all while battling fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing fear that attends his first real-life responsibility -- the impending birth of his first child.

The Know-It-All is an ingenious, mightily entertaining memoir of one mans intellect, neuroses, and obsessions, and a struggle between the all-consuming quest for factual knowledge and the undeniable gift of hard-won wisdom.
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Dealing with a Know it All - FAQ Series

We've all been around someone who is convinced or more than likely, just trying to convince themselves that they have the answer to every question thrown their way. We often call these people "know-it-alls.
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How To Handle A Know-It-All With Compassion & Understanding

Show less Maybe you are tired of being a pushover and want to become a know-it-all instead. A know-it-all is someone who claims to know everything and always has the right answer to every question. Often, know-it-alls can be difficult to be around, but you can be a know-it-all without being too annoying to everyone around you by striving to be a likeable know-it-all. You can learn how to be a know-it-all at school, at work, and at home.

Skip to main content. Published: Oct 08, By Porschia Parker. Many professionals have to interact with co-workers who give unsolicited advice regarding their job, and it can create a tense environment with conflict and hostility. How have you handled colleagues who were know-it-alls in the past? Did you discuss the issue directly with your co-worker, or ignore their behavior? They might feel handicapped in their ability to perform well due to constantly changing processes, procedures, and strategy to appease their boss.

Top definition. Terrence L. Trezvant October 05, A person who's quick to interrupt the actions, comments, or approach of others on just about everything they say and do, so as to disapprove in some way and try to correct them with their own views on the topic. When someone feels that way, you need to get them some chicken noodle soup. For a bird like this, you only feed it three to four times a day and you want to give it honey. To fix a bicycle, you have to use old dirty tools.

1. Thank Them For Their Advice

Know-it-alls literally think they know it all, which they generally demonstrate through showy, one-sided, and obnoxious forms of delivery. When those obnoxious know-it-alls start rearing their bossy heads, we can shut them down. As aggravating as it may be in the moment, simply thanking them for their advice is a decent way to end the conversation without coming across as a jerk yourself. A lot of know-it-alls are narcissists plain and simple, whether that comes from a place of deep down insecurity or not. Keep it light, and keep it moving.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Renee W. says:

    Know-it-alls often create problems in personal or professional relationships.

  2. Jordi S. says:

    Urban Dictionary: know it all

  3. Laviana B. says:

    How to Deal With a Know It All. Smarty pants, wise guy, smart aleck – we all know one. Whether at family get-togethers, at the office, or in a social setting.

  4. Freddie R. says:

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