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Developing Charisma

Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that make you appeal to other people. The word comes from the Greek word “charis,” which means “grace” or “gift.” A person who is charismatic is exceptionally engaging, like-able, trustworthy, and, in many cases, a bit “magical.” Larger-than-life personalities like Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and Sir Richard Branson have all been known for their charismatic personalities.

Charisma is nothing more than a set of traits and behaviors that, when put together, turn you into a magnetic, engaging personality. Plenty of research shows that you can learn and perfect these traits.

Here are a few simple ways in which you can start being charismatic today :

  • Be Genuine – Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. People will respect you for it.
  • Be Silent – Think before you speak. Silence is fine when you have nothing worthwhile to say.
  • Have Respect – Treat people with respect and make time to listen to their point of view.
  • Smile – Charismatic people communicate positivity by smiling, even when they don’t feel like it.
  • Remember Names – Have the self – discipline and awareness to remember names when you meet people.
  • Energize – Show energy and enthusiasm, even when you’re not actually interested or you’re tired.
  • Positivity – Be positive, even when the chips are down. Positivity is contagious, just like negativity.
  • Look the Part – Support your message with positive body language. Command a presence.
  • Prepare – Visualize yourself being impressive. Psyche yourself up before you next need to display charisma.

Because charisma is a collection of behaviors, you can learn it. Work on developing empathy, self-confidence, and assertiveness. Be aware of what your body language is saying, and do your best to give people a genuine smile when you’re around them. Also, make sure that you use your charisma the right way: don’t use it to influence someone to do something that is against his or her own best interests.

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  1. There comes a time when being positive isn’t very helpful. I would say read the room and be positive when you think it’s needed. I once passed by a sign that said, “Be the person you needed when you were lost.” I would aim for something similar to that.

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    • Great point. Your only chance of having the relationship you long for, finding the job you most desire, getting your children to behave the way you most want, and having the best government possible is to be the partner, worker, parent, and citizen you most want to be. You may recall Gandhi’s admonition—“You must be the change you wish to bring into the world.”

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