Tips on how to sound intelligent, powerful, polished, articulate, and confident

Do you want to sound intelligent, powerful, polished, articulate and confident? Of course you do! Voice coach Carol Fleming, Ph.D. gave me some great insights based on her years of study and working with thousands of clients.


Speak just a bit slower to allow yourself to select your most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.


Use short, simple declarative sentences. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. Cut out any useless connectors, adjectives and adverbs, especially superlatives.


Never answer a question with a blunt ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, “No, I did not see it.” “Yes, I know Mary.”


Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. Pay special attention to final ‘t’ and ‘ng.’


Carry your body up. Hold your head as if you had a crown on it. Don’t let your arms and legs have side to side motion when you move. Keep your elbows and knees close to the midline of your body.


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8 Responses

  1. Pls tell me ten tips 2 become intelligen?Thanks

    • Ismail you should write intelligently and you will become it. It’s all in the mind. Your mind can do loads, have you watched the film Limitless?

  2. it’sgreat and i would try using it…paul alfred nigeria

  3. I dunt get it?

  4. Maybe because you can not even spell!

  5. well they R not 2 gud. i think u must have explained them in a quite understanding manner. WAISE ACHHA THA!!!!!!

  6. i don´t get it too,please try to be more specific in your explanations..i totaly do not get it….sorry man

    • Nice tips. Think of people who sound intelligent and you’ll find that two or more of the attributes described in the tips apply to them.

      Yet if you’ve never struggled and failed to sound intelligent, these tips might not be that insightful.

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