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In a way, a conversation relies on improvisation — you take your knowledge and experience and, on the fly, mould it into something others can work with to add to the discussion. As improv coach Chris Gethard explains in this clip, boosting your off-the-cuff skills can make you a better communicator in general.

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The way you converse with people can reveal a lot about your intellect; even if you're just discussing the weather. When it comes to projecting intelligence, it's not so much what you say as how you say it. Here are seven proven speaking habits that will cast you in the best possible light.

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Using "like" a lot in sentences is moderately acceptable in social situations (even though you might end up sounding like a bratty teenager) but it can kill your credibility in a workplace. If you want to ditch your love of "like" to appear more professional at work, read on for some practice advice on how to do so.

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It's hard work to appear effortless. High production values can often be measured by what you don't see in a show, whether its a live performance or on television, and one diligent, necessary worker behind the scenes is the teleprompter operator.

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If delivering a speech isn't intimidating enough, writing one can be just as difficult. And if you're dealing with a complex topic, it might be hard to gauge whether or not you've simplified that topic enough for people to understand it. One way to make sure you have is to practise that speech on a novice.