The dictionary defines charisma as “a rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse devotion and enthusiasm.” Also: “personal magnetism or charm.”

Sounds like a skill worth developing if you can, yes?

I just heard a great lecture about charisma. (Wish I could remember the speaker’s name, so I could give him full credit.) Among the insights was this list of key conversational tools, which when taken together will help you build your level of charisma. I found them worth remembering; hope you find them useful too.

  • Don’t complain unless it’s for a productive reason
  • Try to use the same speed and tone of voice as your fellow communicator
  • Focus less on yourself in conversation and more on the other person
  • Don’t look down when you’re walking
  • Look people in the eye
  • Smile more often