7 THINGS THAT MAKE ANYBODY SEEM SMARTER

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The whole world is fascinated by people who are intelligent,
and all those with high IQs get admired. But what about those who aren’t on the
upper scale of intelligence? Don’t they deserve groupies too? Well, the good
news is that intelligence can be faked. At least, one can take advantage of the
manner in which people assess intelligence. Simply do the following:


  1. Keep Quiet

Remember the old popular saying, it is better
to keep quiet and have people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and
remove all doubt? Well the truth is that many of us expose our sandy-brain
tendencies by saying too much in certain situations. Growing up in the area where I did, it took me a while to realize that you were never really expected to
admit that you had no idea about a particular subject. People would generally
play along in order to seem ‘sharp’ at all times.

So, the next time you find yourself in a
conversation where someone brings up  a
subject that you are clueless about, find a short comment or expression that
will allow the other person finish the conversation themselves. One good way to
get a person to take up your own share of the conversation is by following the
next tip

  1. Answer questions with questions

Let’s say someone asks you what you thought
about points raised by the president, while he was speaking on CNN. You may not have
watched this particular broadcast or understood all the technical aspects of
the discourse, but you don’t have to break into a series of clumsy “um-ums”.
You could simply put on your game face and say, “Man, that interview was something else! What
parts of it did you find interesting?”

Apart from the fact that people’s composure
gets thrown off when their questions are answered with questions, you will find
that most people would rather air their own opinion than listen to yours.
Sometimes people  just want you to listen
to them.

  1.       Study something impressive

People are impressed by degrees, so much so
that a person could be considered to be intelligent just because of what their
CV says. I have a degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and people usually
assume that I am a genius because of this. If I had chosen Theater Arts as my course of study, would that have meant that I was less smart? I may not be a genius, but I am not
dumb enough to stop people from making that assumption.


  1. Study people

A wise man said that to predict the future,
all you have to do is predict people. Okay, it wasn’t a wise man, it was just
me. People can be very predictable in the way they respond to situations, and in
terms of what motivates them. In this way, you could predict a person’s actions
and reactions in most situations, without being privy to their private moments
and thoughts. You will be able to understand what is playing out, just by
knowing the tendencies of the players involved. Some people are driven by their
egos, some people are ruled by their hatred for following order. Some people
are incorrigibly dishonest… Remember; people are predictable, and they can’t
help it.


  1. Read

This one seems pretty obvious, but it’s
scary how so many people drop out of the habit of reading. Read everything from
fiction to non-fiction. You are bound to expand your horizons or adopt
intelligent thought patterns from your reading list.

  1. Wear Glasses

People who wear glasses have had the unfair
advantage for years, of being adjudged to be smart and decent. At a time, legal
experts in the U.S were noticing a lot of defendants putting on spectacles to
sway jurors. Even with the knowledge that we generally make this assumption –
sometimes wrongly – we can’t stop. Glasses = Smart and decent.


  1. Learn a language
  • Learn a few international languages and you
    will be keying into a hot stereotype. It has become the mark of genius, as sold
    to the world by Hollywood, and perhaps accounts of real life geniuses, that the
    truly brilliant ones have a command of several international languages. When
    you are speaking a foreign language, you may not be doing something that’s
    impossible, but you will be doing something that a lot of people around you
    cannot do. And that’s impressive.

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