How to Sound Smart in Work and Life

3 uncommon ways to appear (and become) more intelligent

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1. Use small words

This is not a post about politics, but there’s no denying Donald Trump sounds smart to many people — that’s why they voted for him, and that’s why he became president. Donald Trump uses small words.

2. Acknowledge opinions you don’t have

In the last section, I could have jumped right into “Donald Trump sounds smart to many people.” Instead, I gave you a heads up: “This is not a post about politics.”

3. Only use quotes when they come to you

Joe Rogan’s podcast with Naval Ravikant is one of his most popular. A comment reads: “He‘s shooting quotable nuggets like a machine gun.” It’s true. After 13 years on Twitter, Naval is a master of pithy one-liners.

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