Manner of Speaking

12 easy hacks to be more charismatic

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionalsThis post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community.


Charisma. It’s not a special talent bestowed on a chosen few. We are all born with charisma. I challenge you to show me any baby who is not charismatic.

Unfortunately, with time, many people lose their charismatic edge. So when we do meet with someone who is truly charismatic, we notice that person. We remember that person. It’s like the human equivalent of fireworks.

The good news is that charisma is something that can be developed and strengthened. And if you speak regularly, charisma is something you want.

A charismatic on-stage presence is like rocket fuel for your speech or presentation. Many speakers forget that conveying information is only part of their responsibility; they also have to connect with the audience on an emotional level. As Seth Godin, has said,

Remember, the presentation is to make an emotional sale. The document is the proof that helps the intellectuals in your audience accept the idea that you’ve sold them on emotionally.

Charismatic speakers do just that. But how?

In this excellent post on Presentation Guru, my friend and business partner, Jim Harvey, delves into the issue and comes out with 12 simple, but powerful, ways to enhance your charisma when speaking.