4 steps to being more charismatic

Tomorrow at 10:20, we’ll be talking about the power of charisma. No doubt we will concentrate on the powers of Mitt Romney and President Obama. But let’s talk about you.

While you will probably never out-charisma George Clooney, you can take some steps to increase your charisma. (Maybe you can out-charisma everyone in conference room F.)

It’s actually pretty easy. This is from a study by Professor Richard Wiseman.

1. Stop touching your face. Keep your hands down when you are talking.

2. Stop hunching over. Stand up straight.

3. But stay relaxed. Don’t look rigid. Look open and at ease.

4. Don’t clasp your hands. Keep them open and apart.

There’s a lot more you can do. Read about Richard Wiseman’s research here, but these are pretty easy. Except for people who constantly hunch and touch their face like I do. Here’s my celebrity look alike:


(A wax version of Gollum from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ sits on display at the Comic-Con International Convention being held at the San Diego Convention Center July 18, 2003 in San Diego, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Tracy

    I think there is natural charisma, which you can’t do much to affect. And there is ‘performance’ charisma, which I suspect is what will be discussed in the show. That is, a controllable combo of physical cues, self-confidence, openness, warmth projection, etc.

    Personally, I’m an introvert whose everyday ‘projection’ of personality is quite uncharismatic. However, many of my family have inherited charismatic ‘performance’-type traits, and the more happy, comfortable, and interested I am, the more I project that type of charisma. It shocks me how strongly people will respond to me in those situations. I’m not being ‘artificial’; that really is my personality under very specific conditions, but it can feel like I’ve fooled them into thinking I’m really cool and outgoing, etc., when in reality, I don’t often interact that way with people and under normal conditions, they’d likely find me bland and boring.