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How to Make People Think You're Smarter than You Really Are

Whether you're on a job interview or a first date, follow these simple steps to give the impression that you're quite intelligent – even if you're quite average.


  • Step 1: Speak deliberately Speak slowly and deliberately. People who do are seen as more informed on the subject they're expounding on than fast talkers.
  • Step 2: Smile Smile more. In one study, participants who were asked to guess a person's intelligence simply by looking at their picture rated those who were smiling as smarter than those who weren't smiling.
  • Step 3: Use simpler words Don't use an unusual word if a simpler one will suffice. People who use long words unnecessarily can be perceived as less intelligent because it makes them look like they're trying too hard to sound smart.
  • TIP: If you speak a foreign language, let it be known. Research indicates that people link being multilingual with intelligence.
  • Step 4: Wear navy blue Wear navy blue. One study indicated that people in dark blue are assumed to be more knowledgeable, successful, and dependable than those wearing other colors.
  • TIP: Women should dress conservatively at work. Even marginally revealing clothing can make people perceive female employees as less intelligent and competent, according to one study.
  • Step 5: Listen up Do more listening than talking. People who do are perceived as being intelligent and interesting by the people who are blathering to them. Remember this proverb: Better to keep quiet and be suspected a fool than to open your mouth and confirm the suspicion.
  • FACT: Did you know?The average American IQ has increased every year for the past 100 years; one expert claims half the population in 1917 would be considered mentally challenged by today's standards!

You Will Need

  • A slowed rate of speech
  • A smile
  • Simple language
  • Dark blue clothing
  • An ability to listen more than talk
  • A foreign language (optional)
  • Conservative dress (optional)

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