It's been said that our president-elect has charisma. The photographer that took this photo said that when Barack Obama cracks a joke you laugh with him, because his smile is so engaging. So what is charisma, and can we all get it if we want it?
Wikipedia says that the word "charisma" comes from Greek, meaning gift or divine favor. People who are identified as having charisma have an extraordinary ability to attract other people. Sometimes the source of the charisma is physical attractiveness, but more often it stems from outstanding communication skills and authenticity. With a charismatic person you see is what you get, and most times the pull of charisma is linked to a positive energy that they exude.
You know as well as I do that in some respects our appearance is our appearance. Yes, there are things we can do to look better (wardrobe and grooming,) but some things like facial symmetry are indeed genetic gifts that we can't acquire without some major intervention. And although having a handsome face helps, it's not the biggest factor in our ability to attract and influence. There are several factors in charisma that we can nurture in ourselves:
- Positive energy
- Communication skills
Stay tuned over the next couple of days for some specifics on how you can become more charismatic and attract people to you.