According to dictionary.com, Charisma is a rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm.
Charisma is the quality that drives people to flock to you and to follow you to the ends of the earth. It’s the essential trait that fuels real influence.
When I was in high school, I spent my summers working at a Christian summer camp. I’d spend 12 weeks each summer, helping to organize game and events for campers. Dave Smith, the director of that camp, demonstrated Charisma more than almost any man I have ever met.
You’ll meet a lot of people in life who will have you convinced upon meeting them that they are incredible beyond measure. Bro. Dave, as we called him, was exactly the opposite. If you met him, it would only be a matter of seconds before he would have you convinced that you were the most incredible person in the world.
Charisma is most often characterized by care for others and an excitement for life.
Bro. Dave would drive each conversation by asking questions about what interested you. He always displayed a sincerity and interest that went far beyond what most people demonstrate. He actually got excited about our interests. There was no doubt in my mind or in the mind of anyone else that he genuinely cared for us.
Too many people mistakenly believe that Charisma is something that people are either born with or born without. That is simply not true. Some people may be born with a better start than others, but charisma as a quality can be developed.
You don’t need to hide behind the far-too-popular adage, “Well that’s just the way I was born!” You can develop Charisma and build a following around your cause.
If you want to build a massive following at your blog, then you’re going to have to develop a high level of charisma. You have to demonstrate to your readers and followers that you care about their needs. You have to convince them that they are your number one priority.
People are tired of sales pitches. They’re fed up with cons. They’re looking for the real deal.
4 Ways to Build Your Personal Charisma
Here’s four things that you can do to drastically improve your own charisma begin building an army of followers at your blog today!
1. Change Your Focus
Have you ever been on a date with someone who just kept prattling on about themselves? If you have then you know what it feels like to wish for a random comet to land on someone.
Most people that you meet in life will waste your time trying to convince you of their value. They’ll brag to you about their accomplishments and trophies. They’ll work to convince you that they’re the most cunning person ever to live.
Don’t be that person!
Don’t be the person who is driven by selfishness. Shift the focus from yourself to others. Brag on your friends and followers. Praise their strengths and value their accomplishments.
2. Believe in People
It’s easy not to trust people. It’s easy to think that others will fail you and let you down. We’ve all experienced our share of let-downs and we know that pain that comes from them. It’s sometimes much easier to keep our distance from people and play it safe.
But the risk is worth the reward. No matter what others might do to disappoint, we can still keep believing. We can encourage people. We can inspire people. We can let our friends and followers know that we believe in their efforts.
3. Celebrate Life
Who would you rather spend your time with? Would you rather spend time with someone who mopes and complains or with someone who lives an excited and happy life? The answer to that question is easy.
People follow happy people. Put a smile on your face and choose to be happy. Whether you realize it or not, writer’s moods often impact their writing. People can tell at your blog if you are an excited person or if you are a whiner.
4. Laugh at Yourself
You’re going to make mistakes. We all do. The key isn’t to stop making mistakes. It’s to start responding to them in the best possible way.
When Thomas Edison was working to create the incandescent light bulb, he failed thousands of times before he finally achieved what he was looking for. When asked about his many failures, he laughed and claimed that each one was not a failure, but rather an opportunity to learn a new way that didn’t work.
Don’t get upset when you mess up. Smile, learn, and move on.
Can you give an example of someone you know that demonstrates great Charisma? Can you think of a blogger who is very exciting and fun to read?
Can you improve your level of Charisma? Which of these four points do you need to work on the most?