He was in a hurry to go to the conference in the early morning. He got struck up in the traffic due to some sensitive happenings in the city. Police people placed barricades at junction points to not allow the public. Feeling disgusted, he barked at the Police gentle man and tried to explain public grievances etc.
But Police gentle man was cool and just listened to his pains and said, ” First, put your pants zip on….”
You’re in a conference with smart people. All of a sudden they start discussing a term or concept you don’t aware of or understand, what do you do?
Do you know what is IPSec Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)? Anything about Triple DES encryption? Secured connectivity using GRE tunneling, site-to-site VPN, blah blah blah?
If smart people in the meeting are talking about an approach or concept that you don’t know, it’s very important that you don’t just be there and nod your head sagely. I think there are two constructive approaches. The first is to ask. “Wait, I was with you until a second ago. What does that mean?”
The second approach is to write it down and not go to bed that night until you know the topic better than the person who brought it up. How else, precisely, are you going to become one of the smart people?