The Power of Charisma
Have you ever noticed how some speakers seem to have a special power to draw others in? Their presence is engaging, comforting, and their passion makes you want to listen to what they have to say. They are compelling, and you spontaneously gravitate toward them and want to follow their lead. This quality has been called many things, from the “it” factor to a magnetic personality, but can be summed up in a word – Charisma.
Being charismatic requires a collection of traits such as being warm and friendly, while at the same time being confident and compelling, without being arrogant. When giving a presentation a charismatic speaker inspires the audience, and their message motivates the listeners to action and leaves a lasting impression.
Many people are naturally charismatic – they were born that way. So what if you weren’t so lucky? One can also learn to become charismatic. If you did not inherit the charismatic gene, you can boost your charismatic factor by focusing on certain characteristics.
The body language of charismatic people, such as holding eye contact while speaking, shows their audience that they are listening attentively. Body language says everything, walk and talk with confidence. Your audience is watching you from the moment you walk onto the stage. Walk on strong with confidence and own it.
To ignite the passion in others you must be authentically passionate, certain of your position and not ashamed. Speak about topics that stir your own passion, and incorporate stories that demonstrate your conviction. Enthusiasm is contagious, and a passionate commitment to your message will inspire the listener. Walk boldly with confidence and passion.
Power of Persuasion
Charismatic people will not blindly argue that black is white, and are usually very easy to talk to and compassionate when necessary, showing support and empathy. They use persuasive, logical arguments to try to influence and persuade others, while being able to listen to feedback and learn from it.
Encouraging others is booster shot to your charisma factor. One of my favorite quotes is from Zig Ziglar, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Charismatic people seem to have everyone’s best interest at heart. Walk like you know where you are going.
Be clear about your message, deliver it, and then leave them with something more. Tell a great story, and make the listeners a part of your story. Tell the audience of your hopes for them. Be enthusiastic, positive and offer hope. Make friends with your audience, touch them with your message, and leave them wanting to know more. Walk proud and inviting, as if others should join you.