Some folks need more help than others.

Need to dupe convince someone that you're a smart person? Read on...and good luck.


1) Nerd Out!

Wear thick-framed "nerd" glasses. If it (kinda) worked for Rick Perry, it could work for you!

2) Don't Booze It

Just holding an alcoholic beverage (especially a beer) makes you look less-than-Einstein-y. It's called "imbibing idiot bias," and I'm pretty sure it violates my rights somehow.

3) Put That Middle Initial to Work

Use what your mama gave you...as in, your middle name. Instead of Wilbur McWilberFace, go by Wilbur G. McWilberFace...if that's your actual name.

4) Don't Monotone Yourself Down

Speak expressively. Use (proper) hand gestures. Don't drone on and be boring. People think you're smarter if you vary the volume, speed, pitch, and energy level of your voice.


Feel smarter, yet? Forbes has six more ways to seem smarter.

My advice? Be yourself...unless you can be Batman. Then be Batman.

BUT NEVER BE GEORGE CLOONEY BATMAN. EVER. (Getty Images)