How To Act Smart

Want to learn how to act smart? You've come to the right place. Acting smart has as much to do with body language, word choice, and confidence as it has to do with intelligence. Follow these five steps and you’re well on your way to looking like the brainiac you’ve always hoped to become but never had the grades to actually be.

What You'll Need:

  • Nothing

The Steps:

  1. Work on your physical presence. Do you talk and move at the same time? Stop. It makes you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about. Square your shoulders, look the person in the eye, and begin talking. Pause meaningfully; whether you’re thinking or not, those around you will think you’re reasoning your response. That will make you look smarter.

  2. Dress like a smart person. Wear glasses instead of contacts. Bookworms wear glasses. Get rid of the goatee, but keep a scholarly beard if you’re a man and are going to have facial hair. Smoke a pipe if you’re going to smoke at all. Add pens to your shirt pocket.

  3. Get the lingo down. Find subjects smart people discuss, such as movies and books. If you don’t want to read the latest best seller, find reviews or podcasts on them. Bring up these books or movies in conversation. Even if you admit you haven’t experienced them, you’ll look smart just because you introduced the topic.
  4. Hang out with smart people.  Initially nothing will make you feel more dumb. Want to look smart? If you hang out with smart people you’ll adopt their mannerisms, attitudes, and look in a short period of time.
  5. Become a better speaker. Join leadership or public speaking groups to get rid of the “ah’s” and “um’s.” You'll look smart when you speak well.
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