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How to sound smart to a guy

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Intelligent woman

Sure, beauty and brains go a long way when it comes to winning over a guy's heart. However, you don't have to be a total smarty-pants who graduated at the top of her class from Harvard to score major points in the intelligence department. Follow our simple tips to let him know you're more than just a pretty face. Because you are, duh!

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Stay on top of current events

Hoping to impress your crush? Easy! Tune in to the news, and be aware of what's happening around the world. You never want to be that awkward girl out in a conversation because you have absolutely no idea what everyone else is talking about. Men like a woman with some substance. Plus, nowadays, social media makes it easier than ever to keep abreast of current events, so really there is no excuse. Do yourself a favor though — if you're not knowledgeable on a subject, don't fake it. Be honest, curious and express a genuine interest in learning more. This will go over much better than getting caught blabbing on a topic you're clearly clueless about.

Expert Tip: "Check out Yahoo every day and read the first paragraph of each major news story," advises internationally renowned dating and relationship coach David Wygant. "Get an idea of what is happening in the world so when a conversation comes up you can add something and not just sit there and be blank. We don't expect you to know everything, but in life, knowledge is power."

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Ask intelligent questions

A surefire way to boost any guy's ego and convince him that you're seriously one smart cookie is by asking intelligent questions you're positive he can answer. For example, let's say he has a pretty unique job: Come up with a clever way to find out more about what he does, while getting the conversation really flowing as well. Be a good listener, and remember to take an active part in the discussion. Witty commentary will likely earn you extra bonus points, as long as it's not at his expense, of course!

Expert Tip: Listen more than you talk, as 50 percent of communication is listening, points out sexpert and spokesperson for The Experience Channel, Dr. Ava Cadell. If a guy says something that is confusing when he's describing his job or passion, ask for more details, adds Wygant. "Men like a woman who is interested in our passions and how we spend our days. It turns us on and makes us feel that you are the cool chick that every guy wants and we have."

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Be yourself

We touched on this tip a little bit earlier, but one of the most important pieces of advice we can provide you is to simply be yourself. Don't view a date as a test you need to study for and perform your best on. You'll only come off as sounding unnatural or too practiced. Heck, he might even think you're too smart! If worst comes to worst, he's not into it. And in that case, there are plenty of other fish in the sea that will love, respect and appreciate you for who you are!

Expert Tip: "Be yourself, but imagine that you are 10 times bolder to boost your self-confidence," suggests Dr. Cadell.

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Talk sports

Do you consider yourself a huge sports fan? If so, you're in luck! A great way to get in good with practically any guy is having the ability to talk sports. Strike up a lighthearted conversation about the current game going on, and don't be afraid to offer up your own informed opinion. The key word here is informed though, because if you aren't actually, well, you'll just look silly.

Expert Tip: "Know your home team, and how they've been doing over the past few years," recommends David. "Remember: a little bit of sports information goes a long way with us cavemen."

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