Sometimes, especially when talking to those we deem smarter than ourselves, we long for a heightened level of intelligence in order to contribute more meaningfully to the conversation.
While some may be content to use their existing knowledge and hope for the best, others may wish to take things a step further and try to sound smarter than they are.
To convince people you’re smarter than you really are, you’ll want to ensure you come across as if you know what you’re talking about.
Furthermore, the way you carry yourself and express your opinions are also an important factor when attempting to sound smarter.
To begin with, confidence is key. If you look and act as if you know exactly what you’re talking about, you’ll likely be perceived as so. To do this, try avoiding blank, filler words such as ‘um’. It’s perfectly acceptable to pause if you’re not sure how to proceed.
Talk slowly, remain calm and think before you speak. Before you know it, you’ll have everyone believing you’re the smartest person in the room.
Another technique is to emphasize the facts you already know. Over exaggerate the information you have, placing more importance on each fact than it may really deserve. Your enthusiasm will get the conversation moving and you may find you’re able to learn from other peoples’ contributions.
To end the conversation, make sure you slot in a meaningful last word. Getting the final word means your comments will remain fresh in the minds of your peers. If you reiterate your ideas to sum up, they’ll remember the facts, making you sound like you know just what you’re talking about.
There are a range of different ways to enhance your speaking manner in order to sound like the real deal. Some suggestions may be more effective than others, but there’s a way for every pseudo intellectual to jump on board the smarter bandwagon.
Pick Up a Few Foreign Phrases
People who speak several languages are, of course, known for being rather intelligent, however you don’t need to be fluent in order to reap the benefits and attention given to skilled polyglots.
Learning a few simple phrases, even from a vacation guidebook, in a number of different language will help you come across as smarter and more cultured than your peers.
Just don’t try it on anyone who speaks more of the language than you do, as your cover will quickly be blown! To avoid this, try learning phrases in an obscure language. Many people speak a good amount of Spanish, French or German, yet you’re not as likely to meet someone fluent in Khoisan – a language still spoken today in remote areas of Central Africa, despite it being one of the oldest language on the continent.