He’s Misstra Know-It-All

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No…the title is not a typo.  If you knew nearly as much as I about music, you’d recognize that that’s a song title from Stevie Wonder’s landmark “Innervisions” album.  But you don’t know as much as I, because I’m a know-it-all.

Of course I’m not, actually.  I could tell you how many times in my life I’ve actually been correct about anything but, it goes without saying, I’d be wrong.

Let’s face it: we all know that one guy who is a know-it-all.  And I know it’s a fine line between knowing someone who’s really smart about this and that…that person whose opinion we actually seek, and that know-it-all guy who works down the hall and has, not only experienced everything you’ve also done, but has done it bigger and better.  But enough about my former brother-in-law.

For every helpful associate whose help you seek, there seem to be a dozen Cliff Clavins out there ready to chime in…whether you ask them to or not.  If only these people could use their powers for good instead of mind-numbing boredom!

In a recent article I’d read on curiousity.com, the author proposes that people who think their beliefs are better than others’ probably know the least.  I have to wonder if he actually interviewed my former brother-in-law for this.

One thing this Mister Know-It-All knows to be true: you’re nodding your head, thinking about that one person to whom this relates.

With any luck, it’s not me.

You talk too much.  You worry me to death.

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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