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With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Sunday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in November 2016.

Are you a senior in high school running for student council president?

Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract investors?

Are you a military officer working to win your men’s loyalty?

Are you a salesman trying to land some new clients?

Are you a college professor wanting to get through to your students?

Are you a single guy looking for love?

No matter your situation in life and your individual aims, one of the most important tools for success is your personal charisma. Charisma is what allows you to command a room, draw others to you, and convince people of your ideas. It’s an essential part of being the kind of leader who wins devoted followers willing to go to the ends of the earth for him. Charismatic men are perceived as both likeable and powerful — a dynamic, irresistible combination that opens endless doors to them.

Charisma may seem like a mysterious quality — something that some men are born with and some are not. But this is happily not the case. You don’t need to have hit the genetic charisma lottery in order to develop yourself into a man with powerful magnetism.

Far from being a magical and inexplicable trait, charisma can be broken down into a set of concrete, largely nonverbal behaviors that can be learned, practiced, and made natural. Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth, places these behaviors into three categories: Presence, Power, and Warmth. When deftly combined, these three components produce strong personal magnetism.

We will be devoting an entire article to each of these three components of charisma. Each will provide an overview of the component, as well as practical tips for developing and implementing it. Later on, we will cover charismatic body language, and, because not every “style” of charisma is appropriate for every situation, we’ll discuss what behaviors to use or de-emphasize in different situations.

For today, we’ll start off by talking about the first component of charisma: Presence.

Charisma Component #1: Presence

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Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you could tell you didn’t have their complete attention?

How did it make you feel?

Probably a bit annoyed.

Sadly, it seems fewer and fewer people are fully present and engaged with the individuals they’re interacting with. Being completely engaged in a conversation has likely always been a challenge, as we all have a bit of the conversational narcissist in us.

Now that smartphones have saturated modern life, being fully present is even harder. People today try to (unsuccessfully) switch their attention between two worlds — the real world populated by the people they are physically present with and the cyber world which sends them dispatches through their phone. Go to any restaurant in America and you’re bound to see tables of people staring blankly at their smartphones and hardly engaging with each other. This video that circulated the intertubes a few weeks ago perfectly captures the way in which technology has created a society of non-present screen gawkers. Pretty poignant.

The good news about all this is that it’s now incredibly easy to set yourself apart from the pack simply by being fully present with people and giving them your complete attention.

When you think of charisma, you might think of trying to make yourself seem super awesome to others. But the paradoxical secret of charisma is that it’s not about trumpeting your good qualities, but making the other person feel good about himself. Real charisma makes the other person feel important; when they finish an interaction with you, they feel better about themselves than they did before.

Focusing your mental and emotional energy on someone as you interact is how you create that feeling of importance. People fundamentally want attention — they want to be recognized and acknowledged.

And you don’t have to be an outgoing, uber-social extrovert in order to have and display charisma. There have been plenty of magnetic individuals throughout history who

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Podcast #885: The Essential Habits for Becoming an Agile, Vital, and Durable Human Being

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Kelly Starrett is a doctor in physical therapy who has helped professional athletes, Olympians and military special operations unlock their peak performance. As he neared his fifties he began to notice cracks in the health of those around him. The things that worked in his 20s and 30s didn’t work anymore. His peers were gaining weight and having surgery, and they just weren’t feeling good.

He and his wife, a fellow trainer, Juliet decided to write the book Built to Move, which distilled all they had learned through training elite athletes into foundational practices everyone can use, regardless of age, to achieve lasting mobility, durability and overall health. Kelly shares some of these essential physical habits on today’s show. She also shares the “vital sign” tests, which will allow you to assess your performance in this area, as well as the daily practices you can use to strengthen and improve it.

Podcast Resources

AoM’s podcast episode #213: Undoing Chronic SittingAoM’s article: 7 Simple Exercises that Undo Sitting Damage (including the Couch Stretch).AoM’s article: The Benefits Of Hanging For Strength And Mobility.AoM’s Article: 12 Balance exercises You Can Do On A 2×4.AoM’s Podcast #638 – How Changing Breathing Changes Your Life.AoM’s Podcast #678 – Physical Benchmarks for Every Man

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Brett McKay, here is Brett McKay and welcome to the latest edition of The Art of Manliness Podcast. Kelly Starrett is a doctor of physical therapy who has helped professional athletes, Olympians, and military special operations unlock their peak performance. As he neared his fifties, he began to notice cracks in the health of those around him. The same things that worked for his peers when they were in their 20s or 30s didn’t work anymore. They gained weight, had surgeries and didn’t feel well. He and his wife, along with other members of the group, decided to try it.

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Sunday Firesides: But How Are You Doing on a Tuesday Morning?

While on vacation, you’re sitting on the beach and watching your kids play in the water. Everyone is smiling and full of sun. You tell yourself “I have a wonderful family here.” We’re doing okay.”

You have another thought. You recall the times you spent on family vacations as a child and how much fun you had. Your parents divorced and you and sister stopped talking. The good times spent by the sea did not foretell good times to come.

Usually, we take stock at important moments of time. Sometimes, we take stock of the state of something at a significant moment. They can also be crises or emergencies where we see how a group pulls together (or not).

You can learn a lot from these peaks and troughs. The more mundane moments of life can provide a better gauge of your health.

You and your wife may be feeling renewed excitement on your Barcelona trip, but do you feel the same on a weekday evening at work?

Your church did a great job supporting a grieving parishioner. But how many people attend regular Sunday services?

How are people doing in the midst of their everyday routines?

The little habits we have every day are what determine the course of our future. How you behave in everyday interactions can predict the future of a relationship. You can use your Tuesday morning performance as a predictor of the future.

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Odds & Ends: July 19, 2024

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The Knotty Death of the Necktie Adam Gopnik examines the decline in neckties, which began around 20 years ago. The rise of WFH due to the COVID-19 epidemic has accelerated this decline. Gopnik also uses this article as a way to reflect on the cultural significance of neckties throughout history and to explore what fashion tells us about culture in general and how we use our style to communicate our values and beliefs. Check out our article from 2021, in which we asked style experts if the necktie was obsolete.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishiimi and Fumitake Koga: How to Change Your Life and Achieve True Happiness. Recently, I listened to the book while walking in the morning. It was enjoyable. The authors explore Alfred Adler’s psychological theories through a fictional dialogue between a philosopher and student. The book taught me that all problems are inter-personal problems and many of these interpersonal problems result from us or others trying do other people’s life tasks.

Beulah. I discovered this band recently and enjoy listening to it on my car rides. Beulah was a regular on my 5-disc player in my 1992 Smurf blue Chevy Cavalier in 2000. Their unique indie sound includes horns, stringed instruments and a positive attitude. I love horns and strings in pop-rock. A great band to listen to in the summer.

Greyson Sweater polo from Marine Layer. Sweater polos have a moment at the moment. These shirts are a great option for smart casual summer wear. The Greyson sweater-polo by Marine Layer is a handsome addition to this category. When I wear it, I feel like Frank Sinatra at Palm Springs.

Quote of the week

Action is often the only way to save a man in danger. In order to dull emotions, a person must act; to be immobile or to stagnate, in body or mind, is to give up without conditions. Movement, any work, can help him to overcome those feelings that are a traitor to his better nature. The man in the balloon who had little else to do than sit in the middle a target was more likely to crash than the observer on an aeroplane. However, the observer’s vulnerability was greater than that of the pilot. It was harder to sit in a trench under heavy bombardment than it was to fight openly.

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