Do you regularly use the expression, “You should…?” Are you so all-knowing, you can’t refrain from giving your unsolicited input. Could you be a “Little Ms. Know-It-All?”.
When I think of a know-it-all two words come to mind pompous, and superhuman . They seem to have the answer to every problem, and know how to do everything. Even the nicest person will avoid someone who thinks they know everything. We must give people the benefit of the doubt, allow them to share or demonstrate their ideas. If you have great advice don’t turn people off with a know- it- all attitude. Try asking the person “Have you considered…?”. This is a gentle approach, and your advice is more likely to be received.
A know-it-all display of knowledge is a smoke screen for insecurity, and a sure indication of pride. Ooh that’s deep! I bet you’re wondering how can someone get rid of this know-it-all persona? Well, allowing someone to share information with you that you already know, without revealing you knew it is a great start, it’s called humility. Your not playing dumb, your just providing an opportunity for another person to feel important.
Also actively listen to others by asking questions, and showing interest in their ideas. Resist correcting, and limit your input. A conversation should be a mutual sharing of ideas and advice. God wants us to build people up, don’t tear them down by making ourselves feel significant.
Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaim folly.
Proverbs 8:12 I, wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.