Clever people make it easy to con them. They can have top class college degrees coming out their ass, but clever people are sitting ducks when it comes to the con. Clever people may be cleverer than you, but they may not be smarter. So what if they know all about Quantum Physics, can recite the works of Shakespeare, or know how to do the cryptic crossword? Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motorcar company, had a panel of buttons on his desk. When he wanted answers or to figure out how to do something complicated, he could press one of those buttons and summon a clever person who could provide or figure out the answer for him. These clever people were Henry Ford's employees! Henry Ford may have been little more than a farmer's son turned mechanic but he was smart. He used his wits and natural intelligence. He built a huge successful company, made hundreds of millions, and he took advantage of lots of clever people to get where HE wanted to go.
If you want to know how to con clever people, look for their weaknesses. We've already started discussing them, but here's a partial list:
- Clever people think they are cleverer than they actually are. You can exploit their arrogance through flattery and disception.
- Clever people are often overly specialized and focussed. They are clever in specific areas but not others. The engineer who can figure out the bearing loads of bridges may have no clue about art or music or dealing with young women. Exploit ignorance.
- Clever people are judgemental. Let them under-estimate your ability and wits. Play down your intelligence. Let them think you the fool, until you deliver the killer blow to their ego and con them.
- Clever people are easily deceived and misdirected. Having learnt how to focus intently they have good concentration and will remain focused where you skillfully direct them, meanwhile, out of sight... the con occurs!
- Clever people have good imaginations. If you use conversational hypnosis, persuasion arts, or vivid engaging sales patters, you can get them swept up in your vision. For whatever devious purposes you devise. It could be a direct sale of an idea, concept or scheme... or it could just be to distract them while your real strategy is being acted out, unseen by them.