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Skill: Charisma

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The ancient Greeks understood charisma as 'grace gift', which implies that it is something that is anchored in your DNA and cannot be learned. Admittedly, some naturally have the potential to attract others to themselves and to be noticed as special. But being charismatic is not a gift. It is a skill, a skill. And you probably have it more than you think. It has remained snowed or undeveloped. Charisma is largely in the power of your non-verbal communication. In the unity of your thinking, doing and acting. There are things that charismatic people have in common. In this way they are themselves and don't present themselves as better or nicer. They are authentic and know how to touch others emotionally through their way of doing things. Charismatic people are generally relaxed themselves. However, the more you are, the more you work from your individuality and strength. Just observe the behavior of people you find charismatic. See if you can determine which things in body language, posture or words you notice.

Benefits of charisma

Charisma is not only important for the greats or for actors and entertainers. Every professional sometimes gives a presentation or conducts a job interview. Charisma is an important quality if you want to convince, inspire or motivate others. People listen to you more easily and rather accept something from you. Charisma therefore increases your personal effectiveness. Managers, account managers and sellers with a lot of charisma have an advantage over their competitors who fish in the same customer pond. They generate trust faster, get more credit when things go wrong and are awarded contracts earlier. But teachers, nurses and social workers with a strong image also get more and faster done. Of course, just a good dose of charisma is not enough to be successful, but it helps you reach your goals more easily .

Tips for more charisma

I'm happy with yourself

Becoming charismatic is not about teaching tricks or being more beautiful than you are. If you pretend, you will sooner or later fall through the basket. Charisma comes from within. The ingredients to dare to feel charismatic (more) are self-confidence, self-knowledge and guts. And that is only possible if you know who you are, what you can do and what you want. These things develop more or less naturally as you get older, but it also depends on the extent to which:

  • you open yourself up to feedback from others
  • you reflect on your own actions
  • you have the guts to experiment and make mistakes
  • you can go outside the box and be open to learning experiences

Be optimistic

A pessimist is almost never known as charismatic. Charisma and a positive view of things are like yin and yang. Your positive attitude seeps through your entire appearance. You do n't have to give that presentation, you have the opportunity to convince that important customer with your chat that your organization is the best solution for his problem. You don't have to go to the umpteenth network meeting again, you have the opportunity to meet new interesting people. Optimism is contagious and attracts others. You will create awe at your positive outlook and be a more pleasant person to deal with.

Give personal attention

Be curious about the other and listen sincerely and with full attention to what he has to tell you. Give others the impression that they are special. Leave your own opinion and prejudices behind, summarize and ask further. In this way you show that you are interested in the other and not just want to share your own story. You let the other person speak and you only respond non-verbally, so nod, hum, make eye contact and smile.

Choose the correct words

You don't communicate convincingly through long sentences full of abstract language and professional jargon. Use all of your communications - speeches, meetings, articles, smalltalk - clear and plain language. Make what you want to convey as accessible as possible for your conversation partner, listener or reader.

Pay attention to a well-groomed appearance

Admittedly, beauty does help in creating charisma, but even if you are not the most beautiful mother, you can have a lot of charisma. Charisma also doesn't depend on how tall you are. Gandhi was very small and skinny, but quite charismatic. It is important that you pay attention to your external care, ie suitable clothing without gaps and stains, a cut of hair, a fresh skin and clean nails.

Build your expert status

It helps enormously when people see you as an expert in a certain area. Create a vision and communicate it clearly and clearly. People are attracted to people who can clearly state what they believe in and why they do what they do.

Improve your body language and the use of your voice

Your body language and voice use largely determine how you come across to others. All those movements that are very normal for you can leave a certain impression. If you want your body language to strengthen your charismatic appearance, try focusing your body language on the other person. Avoid an uninterested attitude. You can do this by mirroring movements and turning your body towards the other. If you have a presentation at workmust give, prepare yourself. It is a myth that you can shake an inspiring story out of the blue. Nobody can do that, not even President Obama. Think carefully in advance about what you want to convey and how you will do that. This doesn't necessarily have to result in fully written texts; a list of keywords is sufficient. Think about which passages you raise your voice or talk a little more softly, or when you speed up or slow down your pace or make a hand gesture.

Not only what you say is important, but also how you do it. People are more susceptible to the message of someone with a lively voice and facial expression than to the story of someone whose face and voice betray little emotion. Hold your shoulders back during a presentation, push your chest forward and feel comfortable walking back and forth during the presentation. This way you look at ease and it is easier to hold the attention of your audience. Provide variety in your posture and your voice. Ask a colleague or your manager for feedback. Have him pay particular attention to your posture and voice. Did you move sufficiently, did you make good eye contact? Did your body posture and voice use say the same?

Whether it takes a little longer to master charismatic habits and characteristics or you quickly master it - the fact remains that everyone can develop more charisma.

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