Truly knowledgeable people are a delight to come across. They make excellent conversationalists and give the impression that they are very well-rounded. This is important if you wish to become more likable or are trying to widen your networking circle. Here are 6 ways to become more knowledgeable.
1. Don’t be afraid to make conversation with people smarter than you
Many people begin to get uncomfortable when realizing they don’t understand or aren’t familiar with a topic someone is talking about. They might try to change the subject or worse, make an excuse to walk away. The next time this happens, try to continue the conversation instead. Ask questions about things you’re unfamiliar with and respond with your own opinions when you can. There is no shame in showing you’re interested in learning something new.
“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
2. Read a newspaper every day
Coming off as someone who has kept up with the daily news is a clear indication of intelligence. It has and always will be important to be aware of what’s going on around you. If you don’t like reading the old school physical newspapers, try to subscribe to an online version. There are plenty of online portals that give you quality news for a reasonable subscription fee. Many even send daily digests straight to your inbox!
3. Listen to an episode of a podcast every day
With there being such a large range of podcasts available for free online, there’s definitely something for everyone. Do some research on podcasts featuring topics that might interest you and try to listen to an episode each day. It’s a great way to spend any free time you have and will end up making you a little bit smarter!
“Knowledge is power. Enthusiasm pulls the switch.” — Steve Droke
4. Make use of idle time
An idle mind is the devil’s playground. When you find yourself in a situation where your mind’s not at work (such as in a waiting room, during lunch break or while on commute), try doing something to occupy yourself. Take the time to do some reading or listen to an audio book or podcast. Put your smartphone to good use by downloading some insightful articles that you’ll read when you have time. It’s better food for the brain than spending that time just watching people around you.
5. Visit any exhibitions happening in your area
You know all those posters you see on your office or apartment building that advertise a cool event coming up? Next time you walk by one, try to actually pay attention. These little events or exhibitions are often a great way to learn new things and meet new people. The more obscure the event, the better. You’ll end up coming out of it having picked up quirky bits of information that will make you an undeniably more interesting person.
“New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.”
6. Take a class on a subject completely new to you
If it’s been years since you graduated, it’s likely you haven’t experienced what it’s like to be a student recently. Sometimes, the best way to learn is to just sit down with a class and listen to an expert who knows best. Research on centers in your area that offer classes on topics you want to learn more about. They are often not too expensive and will give you a unique opportunity to delve into a new subject.
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