#FEBBL day 5: Unbelievable Truth
Unbelievable Truth. Summarise a subject about which you are very knowledgeable in a way which makes it hard to believe (but is factually truthful).
Well this will be a difficult one as I am not actually very knowledgable about anything in particular. So I’ll go with… talking bollocks. Or to put it another way, the ability to sound confident and knowledgeable about a particular subject while actually being neither of those things.
The first trick with this particular skill is actually to know a small amount about your particular topic. As they say, a little knowledge is dangerous, and the art of talking utter bollocks hangs on having a small speck of fact around which the pearl of bollockery can grow. This could be a single word or sentence, a small factoid or just a generalised sense or feeling. This allows you to extrapolate outwards from the small nugget of fact while still maintaining internal confidence that you do actually know what you’re talking about.
The second trick is to externalise that confidence. If someone asks you a question on the subject which your generalised feeling on the subject does not allow you to confidently answer, do not prevaricate, don’t um-and-ah, don’t allow the possibility that the knowledge or opinion is not in your mind. Make snap decisions using your generalised feeling and commit to it, much as an actor will commit to a particular character or part. Make whatever bollocks you’ve just decided on a part of your belief about that subject. Own it.
The last trick is to allow what you are right about in your particular subject to change. Don’t stick to your guns in the face of real knowledge. Be magnanimous and flexible. If someone corrects you and after research they were right and you were wrong, well, overwrite the old data and commit to the new data. The fact that you have changed your mind should not alter the fact that you are still right.
For anyone who has met me in real life this will perhaps shed a bit of light on my general conversational style…