how one wants to be perceived doesn't always equate with how they are perceived - it's not something you have complete control of
honestly I don't give much thought to how I am perceived - because of that, and because I don't seek acknowledgment of my mental work.
if anything I would say I try to be perceived as a loving person - and I am - and that doesn't require any sort of smart talk, or talk at all.
but behind that I do my studying and mental work for the sake of being the best I that I can be.
matter of fact I naturally avoid making myself look like a "sage" - in a sort of ODB type way. Nearly every other day I get asked "what the hell is wrong with you?" or "where the hell did you come from??" lol. I usually say A LOT or I dunno or something random.
but the same people who say that are the same that know me well, and always tell me I'm very intelligent.