We have all met them—the guy or girl who won’t stop talking or offering unwanted advice and thinks that they know it all. Whatever you say, they know better or claim they did it better.
There is nothing worse than getting cornered at a party by a know-it-all, who offers all sorts of unsolicited advice. They discount other people’s comments and suggestions because their advice is better.
Jason attended a Meetup group to meet new people who own online businesses. He was hoping to meet new people who were at the same level as he was or further along the path.
Jason was introduced to someone at the event who told him that having a blog wouldn’t work and that it wasn’t possible to make money from blogs anymore. He laughed to himself because he was making money every day from his blog. He could tell the know-it-all was argumentative and didn’t want to waste his energy debating whether or not blogs could make money, so he changed the topic.
Jason shared that he was interested in becoming an Amazon seller. The know-it-all told him that it would never work and that you can’t make money selling on Amazon and don’t waste your time trying. The funny thing was the know-it-all didn’t have an online business, and he was acting as if he was an expert on the topic when his results showed otherwise.
If you don’t want to listen to the know-it-all warble on, try one of our clever comebacks below.
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Top ten comebacks for know it alls
1. Unless your name is Google, stop acting like you know everything.
2. Since you know it all, you should know when to be quiet.
3. You would argue with a fence post.
4. Being right isn’t nearly as important as knowing when to be quiet.
5. Try being informed instead of being opinionated.
6. Everything we hear is an opinion not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective not a truth.
7. Open your mind not your mouth.
8. I didn’t realize you were an expert on my life and how I should live it! Continue while I take notes.
9. Since you know everything, then you know you’re being a jerk.
10. Rather than us agreeing to disagree why don’t you just be quiet.
Definition of a know it all?
As the word implies, a know-it-all person is someone who thinks they know everything and will insist on sharing their knowledge at every chance they get.
Even in the crowd, you can easily spot them. They are the ones cutting you off in conversations to insert their own input. The same people who will tell you how to do your job, unsolicited. Yes, smarty pants will act superior and dismissive of you.
Being around Mr. or Ms. Know-it-all will be unbearably annoying. So, remember to breathe; create space so you can thrive together without losing your cool in public.
How to deal with a know it all
The thing about the know-it-all people is that they can’t be swayed. That sort of mindset will be very difficult to deal with.
So, we suggest, to take care of your own mental peace, starting with this list.
1. Don’t engage
Like we said, once a know-it-all formed their opinion, there’s no going back.
Arguing with them is pretty useless, so just keep to your station and don’t engage.
2. Stay calm
Staying calm will be your ultimate challenge when dealing with a smart aleck. But try to not act emotionally, compose yourself before things go out of hand.
3. Set boundaries with a know it all
Set your limits by creating boundaries of what you can and can’t take. This is very helpful in keeping your mental health intact and letting people know you’re not okay with their behavior.
When you’ve become too bothered by the situation, talking about it with know-it-all allows you to explain your needs and what you’re experiencing.
Just try to keep it cordial, we don’t want a fight to break out.
5. Redirect the conversation
If windbag is happily eating up the entire conversation, you can try redirecting it to another topic and getting others involved.
Know-it-alls believe they know everything, so they’ll basically talk about anything.
Yes, you can be patient and understanding with them. But if it comes down where the situation becomes too unbearable, just throw the key to the door and walk away.
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Famous people accused of being a know it all
Lots of people love to play smart. That’s why it’s not surprising at all that this list is packed.
Here’s a bunch of people who’ve been accused of behaving as if they know everything.
1. Elon Musk
Obviously, Elon Musk is a genius. However, the billionaire is apparently overselling his own abilities and mighty intelligence. Not only that, he was also supposedly being rude to people who don’t share his grand visions.
2. Bill Nye
When you have too many accolades to boast about, it’s likely you’ll go around thinking you know it all, such as in the case of Bill Nye.
The Science Guy whose excessive bravado in his knowledge led him to be dismissive of others who don’t share his IQ.
3. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Guess being a know-it-all comes with the territory, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is a Harvard graduate, has impressive takes on scientific issues. A bit too much perhaps, that many perceived as overly confident.
4. Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart had stirred controversy when she was rumored to be super judgmental on a TV set. The story was that the successful entrepreneur chased away anything subpar to her lavish lifestyle.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
With brains and a reputation to match, Mark Zuckerberg has a lot to say about technology and innovation. That might’ve come off as him putting his opinions out there without weighing others.
Of course, dealing with a know-it-all is complicated. You’ve got to be assertive at one point and have a heart on the other. To put an end to this behavior once and for all, you’ve got to strike that balance.
The Role of counselling and self care
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When you are dealing with someone who thinks that they know it all and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.
Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home.
Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.