While avoiding the temptation of trying too hard to sound smart, don’t make the opposite mistake of going too far out of your way to appear unintelligent. Playing dumb out of a fear of intimidating others does as much of a disservice as pretending to be informed when you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Speak your message with conviction and self-authenticity. Audiences may not need your big words, but they do need your intelligence.
If we wish to change the world, it behooves us to stop treating knowledge and education as if it’s some kind of vice that needs to be shamefully swept under a rug. It is true that intelligence needs no introduction. It also true that intelligence needs no apology.
Take ownership of the insight and skill you’ve worked hard to acquire. Give your best. The world can’t afford for your brilliance to remain hidden.