Have you ever wanted to look more intelligent? Maybe you wanted to impress people during an interview, a networking event, or a meeting with new clients?

I think most people have made an attempt to look smarter at some point in their lives. But according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, most people probably went about it all wrong.

Research indicates that when people are asked to “act smart,” they often do the same types of things. They use big words, speak in complex sentences, talk quickly, and look serious. But research suggests that these tactics don’t work. Big words just don’t impress people.

So what does work? Well, here are a few things that can actually make you seem smarter:

  • Try to be relaxed and confident.
  • Look at people while you’re talking. Make eye contact.
  • Speak in a pleasant voice.
  • Speak clearly – no complicated words or sentences.
  • Listen carefully when others are talking. Nod and smile.
  • Make thoughtful comments.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know the answer to a question.
  • Work on your posture. People who sit up straight and stand straight seem smarter.
  • Start using your middle initial.
  • Wear glasses. Apparently, this really does work!

And that’s it! Now take what you’ve learned and go dazzle people with your brilliance! Good luck!

Shellenbarger, S. (2015, January 13). How to look smarter. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-look-smarter-1421189631