Recently, I was inspired by Claire Bell’s article on charisma. Claire writes that while some people are naturally charismatic, we can all improve our personal magnetism with a few alterations.
Personal magnetism is an asset anywhere, particularly in the workplace, so I decided to undergo the charisma challenge.
I borrowed The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane from the library and decided to recruit two work colleagues. I explained that if we collectively improved our personal magnetism then we would be the equivalent force of a supernova.
A combined supernova was not received with any enthusiam by my colleagues. I realised my sales tactic needed improvement but this required a separate challenge. In the interim, I told my colleagues that any increase in charm could potentially lead to promotion. This did the trick and my colleagues were now on board.
The charisma challenge is a four week program. The program involves practising a charisma exercise each week. We would then each compare our results.
After a month we found the following things:
Colleague 1: More people smiled at her during the week. Charisma Total 4
Colleague 2: Forgot to complete the exercises: Charisma total 0
- People returned my smile.
- A work colleague who had ignored me for four years initiated a conversation of several sentences.
- I laughed more.
- I bonded to the colleagues undertaking the challenge.
- I stayed more focused on the moment.
- I temporarily enjoyed my job.
- Interactions with work colleagues increased and were positive. Many spoke about personal issues and stopped by my office for a chat.
Charisma total: 8
Overall, the challenge was successful.
Unfortunately, I returned to my old habits once the charisma challenge finished. My colleagues did not receive promotions and we never spoke of supernovas again.
Charisma is hard work.