43 Motivational Sarah Cooper Quotes on Life

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Birth: 1977, Jamaica

Short Biography

Sarah Cooper is an American speaker, comedian and writer based in New York. She has also written three worldwide best-selling books:

Early Life

Sarah Cooper was born in Jamaica in 1977. Her family moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1980. Her father worked as an electrical engineer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in nearby Washington and her mother in the human resources department of a consulting company.

Sarah Cooper was already interested in show business as a teenager and originally intended to study theater. However, following the wishes of her parents, she first pursued a degree outside the show business and earned degrees in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and in Digital Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Sarah Cooper began performing stand-up comedy in Atlanta, and later accepted an offer to work as a user experience designer for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. While there, she continued to write and perform stand-up and met her now-husband, Jeff Palm, who was an engineer on Google Docs.

In 2014, she wrote a blog post called "10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings" that went viral with five million views. Later that year, she left Google to pursue writing and comedy full time.

In June 2020, Sarah Cooper signed with William Morris Endeavor and is currently adapting her comedic efforts for film and television.

She is also working on her next book title, a humorous semi-autobiographical take on Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Quotes by Sarah Cooper

“If a male coworker steals your idea in a meeting, thank him for it. Give him kudos for how he explained your idea so clearly. And let’s face it, no one might’ve ever heard it if he hadn’t repeated it.” /Sarah Cooper
“When you hear a sexist comment, the awkward laugh is key. Practice your awkward laugh at home, with your friends and family, and in the mirror. Make sure you sound truly delighted even as your soul is dying inside.” /Sarah Cooper
“Men love explaining things. But when he’s explaining something and you already know that, it might be tempting to say “I already know that.” Instead, have him explain it to you over and over again. It will make him feel useful and will give you some time to think about out how to avoid him in the future.” /Sarah Cooper
“Pointing out a mistake is always risky so it’s important to always apologize for noticing the mistake and then make sure that no one thinks you’re too sure about it. People will appreciate your “hey what do I  know?!” sensibilities.” /Sarah Cooper

“When all else fails, wear a mustache so everyone sees you as more man-like. This will cancel out any need to change your leadership style. In fact, you may even get a quick promotion!” /Sarah Cooper
“When sharing your ideas, overconfidence is a killer. You don’t want your male coworkers to think you’re getting all uppity. Instead, downplay your ideas as just “thinking out loud,” “throwing something out there,” or sharing something “dumb,” “random,” or “crazy.”” /Sarah Cooper
“Pepper your emails with exclamation marks and emojis so you don’t come across as too clear or direct. Your lack of efficient communication will make you seem more approachable.” /Sarah Cooper
“If a technical term is used, stop the person and say, “I think some folks here might not know what that is, could you explain it for them?” or “I think we might have different interpretations of that word, can you describe how you’re using it?” This way you look like you’re trying to get everyone up to speed, and you can finally figure out what that technical term means.” /Sarah Cooper

“Anytime you hear a multi-word phrase, turn that phrase into an acronym on the fly (OTF) and repeat it back to them. This works best with three-word phrases such as “point of contact” (POC), “public relations nightmare” (PRN), or “product management system” (PMS).” /Sarah Cooper
“No one looks like they have more on their plate than someone with sticky notes all over their laptop, am I right? What do those sticky notes say? What do those bullet points and double underlines mean? It means you’re important.” /Sarah Cooper
“Have you ever been in a meeting where someone was told they weren’t needed? It’s the most embarrassing thing ever. It’s also a great thing to do to someone you don’t particularly like. After they arrive, wait until just after the meeting starts and point to that person. Let them know they can leave because they really aren’t needed. This power play will get you through the rest of the meeting looking like a real VP.” /Sarah Cooper
“You may be bipolar, suffer from depression, or anxiety, or any number of other mental health issues. Your company absolutely supports you focusing on these issues and getting the help you need as long as it never comes up at work and you get all of your work done on time.” /Sarah Cooper

“All of my ideas usually come when I’m doing something else, taking the dogs for a walk or doing the dishes. So start observing yourself and start observing other people and collecting those ideas and those stories.” /Sarah Cooper
“Slide decks are only as great as their giant, useless appendixes, so make sure yours has a ton of useless, not even remotely relevant slides in it. You’ll look like you really did your research.” /Sarah Cooper
“You should be locked up forever.’ Geoff picked up my small plastic bags and pushed past Jim, leaving him standing there with his mouth open.” /Sarah Cooper
“When someone says we’re conflating two issues, don’t you immediately think they’re smarter than you? I know I do. I don’t even know what conflating means but I know once I say it, it’ll be impressive, and definitely accurate.” /Sarah Cooper

I started doing lip-syncing and then Trump is on television every day… and he’s just kind of BSing his way through the presidency. I’m looking at him and getting so frustrated because people are just nodding and pretending like what he’s saying is making sense./Sarah Cooper
“If you’re ever struggling for something to say, just take a noun and verbalize it. Using simple words in new and interesting ways will creativize your presence./Sarah Cooper
“When we are not judging each other, we can just be present in the moment and build a better connection. I’ve always loved humor. It breaks the tension in every situation.” /Sarah Cooper
“As a woman in the business world, I kept seeing other women make the same mistakes over and over again. Telling their coworkers they wanted to be promoted. Asking their managers for more money. Bringing visibility to their work, leading meetings, talking in meetings, looking around in meetings, and breathing in meetings. Seeing this, I knew my calling was to write a book that would stop the frustration of making an effort. I learned many of these tips while I was working in the male-dominated world of tech.” /Sarah Cooper

“No one should ever be able to predict if you’re going to like or approve of anything. You know, like how it is with CEOs. The best way to fake this is to randomly alternate between agreeing and disagreeing. You’ll be perceived as a mystery and everyone will be on the edge of their seats wondering what you’re going to say.” /Sarah Cooper
“When setting a deadline, ask your coworker what he thinks of doing something, instead of just asking him to get it done. This makes him feel less like you’re telling them what to do and more like you care about his opinions.” /Sarah Cooper
People who are never surprised by anything always seem wise beyond their years, don’t they? By saying things are “pretty obvious,” you make it seem like you saw it coming all along, and have more experience than anyone else in the room./Sarah Cooper
“I’ve had an increased appreciation for vulnerability. Comedians get on stage and build a relationship with an audience by making fun of themselves or by sharing something personal. It’s part of the act, but it’s also a huge part of building relationships with anybody.” /Sarah Cooper

“Show your coworkers you really care about what happened in the meeting by asking for an email summary, but also show them how valuable your time is by making it clear someone else needs to do this.” /Sarah Cooper
“For instance, the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) suggests that students engage in the deepest “historical thinking” when they consider “those issues, past and present, that challenge [them] to enter knowledgeably into the historical record and to bring sound historical perspectives to bear in the analysis of a problem” (1996).” /Sarah Cooper

“Make sure your product is something your potential investors could personally see themselves using, or else they won’t be able to see any value in it whatsoever. Even though women are half of the population, remember, anything targeting them is considered a niche market.” /Sarah Cooper
“When hiring, we look at a variety of factors, including education, experience, and skills. The biggest factor by far, though, is a candidate’s ability to fit in with our existing culture. Some might say this is why we seem to only hire the same type of people, but who knows?” /Sarah Cooper

“When describing your accomplishments, you need to strike a balance between tooting your own horn and hiding your horn behind the shed. This is difficult because if you don’t take enough credit you won’t seem qualified, but if you take too much credit you’ll seem arrogant. Good luck with that.” /Sarah Cooper
“How much should you smile during your job interview? The answer is: not too much and definitely not too little. Try practicing a smile that’s somewhere in between, even if it makes you look like you’re having a stroke. This is your best option.” /Sarah Cooper
In this fast-paced business world, female leaders need to make sure they’re not perceived as pushy, aggressive or competent. One way to do that is to alter your leadership style to account for the (sometimes) fragile male ego./Sarah Cooper
“If you have the choice between saving a man’s ego or saving his life, trust me. Save his ego. He’ll thank you for it later. I mean, he won’t because he’ll be dead, but you know what I mean.” /Sarah Cooper

“When your coworker complains about something, bring up something completely unrelated that they should be complaining about. Then when what they were complaining about becomes a problem, ask them why they didn’t bring it up sooner.” /Sarah Cooper
“I really enjoyed being myself and it took me a few more years to admit it to myself, that I was much more interested in being myself than being a character.” /Sarah Cooper
“I’m kind of an introvert, so I really do have to get over some anxiety to get on stage and connect with an audience. Once I do, it’s amazing, but it is a bit of a struggle.” /Sarah Cooper
“The thing of trying to put light into your body and inject[ing] household cleaner into your veins – it was so visual to me, and I thought, I have to make this.” /Sarah Cooper

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