How can you learn to be more charismatic?
Is it something that can be learned? Yes:
Managers who underwent training saw their charisma ratings significantly grow, relative to those who didn’t.
What are the techniques that make someone more charismatic?
- Framing through metaphor.
- Stories and anecdotes.
- Demonstrating moral conviction.
- Sharing the sentiments of the collective.
- Setting high expectations.
- Communicating confidence.
- Using rhetorical devices such as contrasts, lists, and rhetorical questions together with non-verbal tactics such as body gesture, facial expression, and animated voice tone.
But be careful; as always with something as subtle as charisma, training and practice are important in order to achieve proper execution:
The authors emphasise there are no quick fixes – the training involved a real commitment of time – and that inexperienced overuse of CLTs can lead to self-parody, with pantomime hand gesture and excruciating metaphor. But as the study demonstrates, charisma is at least partly the result of adopting tactics that are transferable and learnable.
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