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6 Quick Tips to Turn Presence Into Charisma

Last week the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley published an article outlining the ways a mindful practice can lead to people viewing you as more charismatic.

Great leaders in politics, media, and even within our personal network of friends tend to share a charisma that separates them from others. They radiate an energy and charm that is attractive and garners respect. Research now shows that you don’t have to be born with this star-like power to be successful, but rather you can harness the tenants of a mindful practice to be more present with others, and cultivate a charisma within yourself.

“Charismatic people are often described as having the ability to make you feel as if you are the only person in the room.”


women-shaking-handsHere are six common traits that you can practice to cultivate charisma:

  1. Empathy
  2. Full listening
  3. Eye contact
  4. Enthusiasm  
  5. Self-confidence
  6. Skillful speaking


All of these tips boil down to being present with the people you interact with.

“One research study showed that the mere presence of a cell phone impaired the sense of connection in a face-to-face conversation.”

Social media creates the illusion that getting one hundred likes on a Facebook post can be equated with real-life influence and respect. However, this is not always true, and as a result, creating and maintaining meaningful relationships that extend beyond the digital sphere is more important than ever. 

Slowing down to breathe and be present with the person you’re talking to does not decrease the productivity of your day. On the contrary, it allows you to get more from the interaction: a deeper connection with the person, a better understanding of the information you exchange, and (as this article notes) a greater chance of happiness and success within your personal and professional networks. 

So go ahead and #GoDeep