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Can We Make Ourselves Appear (Authentically) Smarter?

Can We Make Ourselves Appear (Authentically) Smarter?

Presentations and meetings can cause cause anxiety. We worry about how our audience, whether strangers or colleagues, might perceive our intelligence and abilities. These fears are not baseless; how we communicate tells our audience whether we’re credible (or not). Even if we have compelling messages and well-designed slides, we won’t be persuasive if our voice, pacing and body language convey nervousness and insecurity.This month, two articles review how efforts to control how others perceive us can help or hinder us; Hermina Ibarra’s cover story of Harvard Business Review, “The Problem with Authenticity: How to Fake it Until You Make It,” and Sue Shellenbarger’s Wall Street Journal piece, “

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