You’ll appear smarter
A study conducted at the psychology department of Loyola Marymount University and discussed in The Wall Street Journal shows that, in conversation, people perceive another as more intelligent if they do some of the active listening techniques previously mentioned such as quiet signs of acknowledgement like nodding and gesturing. *Quiet* signs. If you stop to reflect, you may realize some of the people in your life who you perceive to be smart don’t talk very much. And the ones you think are, well, not as smart are…always yapping. Over-talking can be a form of overcompensating for a lack of intelligence.