Increase your Leadership Charisma and Nail That Presentation
Original content by Deiric McCann, Profiles International
Would you like to be a successful charismatic leader and get extraordinary results from your people?
Leadership Charisma covers many steps to developing this, and outlines when you put to work in service of your business, it can have enormous impact. Since the launch of Leadership Charisma in January 2011, one topic in particular proved most popular.
We have all had the experience of being amazed by a phenomenal public speaker, and felt a slight twang of jealousy, wishing you could extract some of their charisma and energy and inject into your presentations.
Many people believe that those charismatic speakers are simply born that way, but the truth is, charisma is all about behavior. Many charismatic speakers share certain behaviors. Upon researching for our book Leadership Charisma, we spoke with over 400,000 people on what they perceived as charismatic behaviors. Therefore, we could outline what these behaviors are and share with you how to develop them. None of these behaviors are in-built or a quality that one is born with.
1. Plan ahead
Plan in advance that you will exude confidence on the day. Rehearse over and over until you are saying your presentation in your sleep. Know you topic inside out. This confidence of knowing every minute detail will speak volumes for you in your presentation.
2. Dress to impress
Your ‘good looks’ are not an issue for your people to see how charismatic you are. However, on a scale of one to ten for turnout, ensure your personal grooming from shoes to clean fingernails is an obvious ten. People can form a first impression as quickly as 3 seconds so get a head start.
3. Warm them with a smile
Did you know that a smile requires 10 muscles to do, and immediately effect the brain chemistry of anyone who comes into contact with that smile. Not only does it release serotonin (chemical that raises your mood) and Oxytocin (the ‘bonding hormone’) it has these wonderful effects on both parties involved. Making people feel good will increase the chances of them perceiving you as charismatic. Such a simple thing to do, but its effect can be colossal.
4. Exude enthusiasm and energy
“Smiling is contagious, you catch it like the flu, when someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too!” – Anon
Smiling is contagious, as is enthusiasm. A major factor of charisma is enthusiasm. From the moment you step in front of your audience, you must be excited to be there, so act accordingly. Walk with a spring in your step, people will see how enthused you are about the topic and will be instantly more engaged on what you are about to say.
5. Use your body to communicate
People unknowingly have the ability to absorb a significant amount of information about someone based on their body language. What you are trying to put across may not always be consistent but it is human nature to always trust a person's body language first. Stand up straight, wall tall and with purpose. Momentarily, keep check of your posture. This will aid all previous steps and combined will allow your audience to perceive you as a charismatic speaker.
Leadership Charisma outlines steps becoming a more successful and charismatic leader.
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Deiric McCann is Senior Vice-President, International Division of Profiles International. Author of more than 500 articles published in business publications worldwide, Deiric has also written three best-selling business books: The Customer Continuum, Winning Business Proposals, and, most recently, The Business Bathroom Bible. He co-authored '40 Strategies for Winning in Business' and 'Leadership Charisma' with Profiles founders, Jim Sirbasku and Bud Haney.