9 Different Articles You Should Read if You Want to Sound Smarter at Work

You talk to a lot of different people every day: your colleagues, your boss, a networking contact, a client, the CEO of your company, a room full of people—you get the idea. And you want to sound smart and competent in every scenario, right?

While, unfortunately, there isn’t one secret trick to passing the small-talk test or nailing a public speaking presentation, there are tons of ways to sharpen your communication skills so you make a great impression in every interaction.

The advice below will ensure that you present yourself with confidence regardless of the conversation you find yourself plumbing.

No matter where you are in your career, you’ll probably have to ask what you think is a stupid question at some point. Here’s how to navigate that tricky query.

Our expert career coaches give you their top tips for handling those times when you’re expected to offer your spontaneous opinion on a given topic.

Being mindful of our own strengths—and weaknesses—is key to performing at the top of our game.

By taking it back to basics, the infographic featured in this post offers advice that’ll help you make an impact through your words.

We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it ’til you make it,” but how does this actually work?
Luckily, you don’t have to pretend to know what you’re talking about—you just need to follow the advice this author shares.

Sometimes you’re not just nervous; you’re really, really nervous. But don’t panic. We’ve got just the tips to help you overcome the anxiety that creeps in every time you need to be on your “A” game in front of others.

As professional skills go, small talk isn’t the most glamorous, but knowing how to hold a conversation will never go out of style.

Spend less time worrying about how to open the conversation, and more time having one with your new co-worker, a senior colleague, or even the CEO.

Are you getting tired of having the same conversation at every networking event or company party? Inject some energy back into your interactions by reinventing your approach to small talk.

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About Richard Moy

Richard Moy
Richard Moy is a Content Marketing Writer at Stack Overflow. He has spent the majority of his career in talent management, including a stint as a full-cycle recruiter and hiring manager. In addition to the career advice he contributes to The Muse, he also writes test prep and higher education marketing content for The Economist. Say hi on Twitter @rich_moy.

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