“While trying to look intelligent, a lot of people do things that make them look dumb.
The cues people look for in assessing each other’s intelligence are simple. But they aren’t always easy to pull off under pressure. They include showing self-confidence, speaking clearly and smoothly, and responding thoughtfully to what others are saying...”
It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Positive first impressions may be shattered, however, as soon as pretentious language starts interfering with others’ ability to understand and communicate with you…”
If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher." - Oprah Winfrey
The best thing that can happen to you as a boss is hiring a person who is smarter, more creative, or in some way more talented than you are. It’s like winning the lottery. Suddenly you’ve got a team member whose talent will very likely improve everyone’s performance and reputation. Including yours."
- Jack & Suzy Welch
Just for Your Information...
Using a middle initial makes people expect you to perform better on a competitive intellectual quiz, according to several studies; middle initials are linked in many people’s minds to higher social status and education.”