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Want to Look Smart? Ask More Questions

Ask questions. It seems easy enough but no one ever does it for fear of looking stupid.

In asking questions, the recipient gets to show off their knowledge while we listen and learn. Studies show others view you more positively when you ask for their advice.

If you want to guarantee the next date, ask more questions.

Questions are key to building relationships. We dish the shit with our friends all the time, unafraid to ask everything from the obvious to the truly curious.

People have plenty of questions. It’s the content of their questions that they’re unsure of. Paradoxically, “stupid” questions can make you appear smarter.

HBR IdeaCast: 527: Asking for Advice Makes People Think You’re Smarter

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.