What do you do to look smart? Does it help? Does it hurt? Do you even know?! Here, from page D1 of the 1/14/2015 edition of the WSJ, is what the research says:


Behaviors People Use To TRY To Look Smart

  • Putting on a serious facial expression
  • Holding hands and arms still
  • Using big words and complex sentences
  • Moving fast than others around them

Behaviors Others Look For When Judging Who’s Smart

  • Having a self confident expression
  • Being responsive in conversations, nodding and gesturing
  • Speaking in a pleasant, expressive voice
  • Using clear language

Behaviors People Use That Actually Make Them Look Smart

  • Looking at others while speaking
  • Standing of sitting up straight
  • Using a middle initial
  • Wearing glasses

Post Script

I hope this post has helped you learn something about yourself. If so, please make a point to share your insight with others as a way to "lock in" your learning.

While you're at it, I'd also appreciate you telling them about LeadershipTraction and the resources available, here, on-line, at www.leadershiptraction.com including:

     • my other blog posts
     • my leadership tutorial downloads
     • my newsletter archives
     • the curated content on my LeadershipTraction Facebook page
     • and, of course, my book, Leadership Haiku


- bz

P.P.S. If you have a question or comment about this post, just let me know. I'll do my best to get back to you, straightaway.

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