AEE 252: How to Be Charismatic in American English

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CHarismaDo you know how important it is to be charismatic in American English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle talk about why it’s important, and give you three ways to be charismatic in English!

 

A lot of a person’s success in America depends on their personality.  If you’re confident and people want to be friends with you, you’ll probably do better.  Charisma is the ability of an individual to attract, influence or inspire others.  Some are born with it, but most of us have to learn it.

President Barack Obama has a lot of charisma.  This makes him likeable and powerful at the same time.  You want to learn English, but you also want others to find you pleasant and even magnetic.  Charisma is behind those connections.  So it’s important to understand how you can make yourself as charismatic as possible.

 

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Here are a few ways you can express charisma:

Exude joy: Be cheerful!  To do that, find what you’re excited about or what you love, and do as much of it as you can.  This can come out in your intonation: “I’m so excited to meet them!” or “I can’t wait to go!”

Appear confident: Show your strength in your abilities and don’t disparage others.  This is not the same as being cocky, which is being overly confident and disparaging of others.  Confident people say things like: “I’m on it.” or “I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”

Be a great storyteller: People naturally love stories.  Use your voice and inflection to create drama and intrigue.  Also, use the present tense to talk about something that happened previously — this puts your listeners in the story as it’s being told.

 

What does charisma mean in your culture?

Does it matter as much there as it does in America?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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