Career Advancement: Use Charisma to Your Advantage
If you want to get ahead professionally, great credentials and an impressive track record certainly are a big help. But a big part of success can also be attributed to those things that can’t necessarily be listed on a resume: the intangibles like personality, charm and likability.
In other words, charisma. It is one of those things that are tough to describe in specific detail. You just know it when you see it. And so do other people—which is why they will want to gravitate to you (and work with or for you) if you have it.
But what if you don’t really feel like you are bursting with charisma? Don’t worry—there are things you can do to enhance your charisma quotient. This article shares some suggestions.
Perhaps the most important thing if you want people to think you have charisma is to act like you believe you have it. In other words, act confident and self-assured. This may be a situation where you have to fake it even if you don’t really feel all that confident.
It is also important to be friendly and engaging. Have a positive energy and a good sense of humor. Tell fun and interesting stories (practice a few in advance if needed, so you will be prepared). Be the kind of person that other people enjoy being around.
Your main goal in establishing yourself as a charismatic person is to be the kind of person that other people want to be around. Be upbeat, likeable and confident—and soon you will find that you are a charisma queen!
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