I notice little traces, little signs in people. I am certain that a friend of mine just located his personal power.
I feel no need to discuss this with him, because he was really already quite formidable in his own right...
All I really contributed was a conversation, one I've had with several people now, along the lines of:
"How smart do you think you are?"
Standard response: "Oh, normal I guess." "About average."
That's when I say-a like: "Well, I happen to know my intelligence level. I was tested at several different points in my academic career, and consistently placed in the 99th percentile, which pegs my IQ (remembering that IQ is weird) at 140 OR HIGHER.
I say, "You've been carrying on this (extremely sophisticated) conversation with me, and I have not had to explain myself once, or even ramp myself down to be understood by you. You are a very, very smart person." grinnnnnnnnnn I love my career.