View Full Version : Fake It Till You Make It

January 22nd, 2013, 6:51 PM
When you're talking about something, do you fake confidence if you're not quite sure what you're talking about? Do you sit back and let other people take the lead until you're certain you know what you're doing? Or are you somewhere in between?

January 22nd, 2013, 7:38 PM
I'm not much for talking in discussions like that. Especially if I don't know enough about it. x: So I probably would just throw in remarks or keep my mouth shut.

Sweets Witch
January 22nd, 2013, 8:24 PM
Depends on the topic and medium through which I'm talking about it. Internet? I'm constantly Googling things I type before I send messages just so I don't look like an idiot. Real life? I use shifty language that I can backtrack on to make false claims not be my fault, i.e. "I recently heard that [insert bogus thing]"

The basis here is I rarely know what I'm talking about

Sassy Milkshake
January 22nd, 2013, 8:42 PM
I usually don't have enough knowledge to even bs my way through a conversation. I'm fine with just listening and absorbing thank you

au bon
January 23rd, 2013, 8:52 AM
i don't participate in discussions i know nothing about. if one comes up, i'll tell them that i have no idea what they're talking about and then i just remain silent until i have something to offer.

Kikaito plush
January 23rd, 2013, 9:39 AM
If it comes to something that I don't know what I am talking about I will just say I don't know.

January 23rd, 2013, 9:47 AM
Most of the time I encounter people who want to start a discussion about things they don't even understand. I just nod my head, give disinterested "sure"s while I do whatever it is I'm doing at the time. I don't care enough to indulge them nor correct them if I'm keen on the subject, and I'm not about to ignite any arguments for fear of getting really frustrated.

January 23rd, 2013, 12:33 PM
I'm usually upfront about my ignorance on some topics. I'll usually just say nothing or hedge what I do say with things like "I thought it was like this, but I could be wrong."

A few times I've had to really fake it when I saw someone really just needed to have a confident response. Usually this is to do with work stuff. One of my work mottos is "Don't let them see you bleed." When you work in any kind of service dealing with the public you have to be confident or you get walked over.

January 24th, 2013, 11:45 AM
I'll usually just say I don't know, or if I think I know, I'll say "I think it's like this" or "I'm not sure but.." I wouldn't want to waste time when I could ask someone (if I couldn't first figure it out on my own) instead of fiddling around for hours. I also don't want to give someone the wrong information, either.

January 24th, 2013, 2:46 PM
Usually, in those cases, I sit back and listen.
Sometimes I ask straight out.. 'What on Earth are you guys talking about?'
And if someone asks me about something I don't know, I'm either say something like "I don't know, but I think it might be....." or just a good ol' plain "I don't know"

Captain Gizmo
January 24th, 2013, 3:02 PM
When I'm on the internet, I usually google before giving out some answers. At least I'll have some type of legit knowledge instead of saying dumb stuffs.

In real life, I say whatever I know. If I'm wrong and someone corrects me, I'm perfectly fine with it. If I know I'm right and someone is trying to correct me, I'll tell them why and how they are wrong.

January 24th, 2013, 3:16 PM
If I don't know what someone is talking about, then I'll tell them I don't know what they're talking about. Then in effort to at least take part in the conversation I'll likely listen and ask questions so I get a better idea of what is going on.

January 24th, 2013, 4:02 PM
Yea if that's the case, I'll just say I have no idea what they're talking about; unless I'm genuinely not interested at all then I'll pretend I know what they're saying and try to change the subject.

January 24th, 2013, 4:05 PM
Ah, I haven't listened to Seether in years...

Anywho, I consider myself a real person. If I can't contribute to something, or feel like I don't know what I'm doing, I'll sit back, admit it if I have to. Faking my way through stuff makes me feel fake myself, so I'd rather not do it.

January 24th, 2013, 5:42 PM
I usually ask questions and try to get acquainted with the topic.

January 24th, 2013, 5:51 PM
I always make sure I know what I'm talking about before butting in somewhere. I just don't want to look like an idiot, honestly. I'd rather play it safe. ;) Besides, better safe than sorry, right?

Shining Raichu
January 25th, 2013, 5:13 PM
I let the other people go to town and just sit back and wait. If I have something to contribute I will, but I'd be more terrified of getting caught blathering on and not knowing what I'm talking about than of just being silent and having people think I don't know what I'm talking about.

February 1st, 2013, 11:43 PM
I'll listen if you want to talk, I'll try to talk myself too, so in the middle, I suppose xD

February 2nd, 2013, 5:49 PM
Sometimes, I try and get a word in, before I forget it. Also, if I'm not sure what they are talking about, I can sometimes try and bluff my way through the conversation.