Have you ever wanted to sound smarter? Perhaps you find yourself in company of others who articulate on a higher scale than yourself, or simply seem to be more well-rounded when it comes to conversation and intelligence. Whatever the reason, here are five practical ways you can sound smarter.
1. Speak Slowly – When you speak slowly, you will not seem to be struggling to collect your thoughts, and will appear to know exactly what you are saying, even if you are making it up as you go.
2. Increase Your Vocabulary – Learn some new words. You will want to learn words that are intelligent and sophisticated but still common enough for everyday use. Examples of ways to learn new vocabulary is to read the newspaper, and every time you come to a word you don’t know, look it up in the dictionary.
3. Learn some new quotes – Learning a couple of favorite quotes will make you seem smarter. The key to picking a couple of favorite quotes is to have them relate to you, to your passions, your morals, your life. There will eventually be a time when you can spout one off, or when someone will ask you if you have a favorite quote.
4. Maintain Eye Contact When Speaking – Gazing around the room, checking out the dirt under your nails or checking your phone when speaking to someone distracts you from the conversation and can make you seem nervous.
5. Listen and Ask Informed Questions – Teach yourself to remain quiet and listen more. Ask genuine questions, this will make it seem like you are eager to learn.
I found this interesting article at gaurdian.co.uk, The Observer, Simple Ways to make Yourself far Cleverer. It is not an intelligence-boosting formula likely to impress an Oxbridge don: watching Countdown, playing Sudoku, remembering telephone numbers and taking a shower with your eyes closed. Yet doing ‘brain exercises’ such as these can make us all up to 40 per cent cleverer within seven days, according to research by a BBC programme this week. Click here for the rest of the article.