Charisma is one of those ambiguous qualities we all want to have, but it’s not easy to instantly give yourself that trait. In an interview with author Olivia Fox Cabane, blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree finds that one simple way to instantly become charismatic is to think about your toes.
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It might sound a little odd, but thinking about your toes is a mental trick that forces you to think about the body language you’re projecting:
So for that one I turn to presence; because there’s no such thing as too much presence, and presence is always going to improve your charisma immediately. And one of my favourite tools for that is to tell people to focus on the physical sensations in their toes. Like right now, focus on the physical sensation in your toes. And though it may seem slightly quirky it actually is very effective because it forces your brain to sweep your body from head to toe and get you very physically present in the moment.
When you think about the physical sensation in your toes, you do that sweep of your body, and subsequently you project the body language of the mental zone you’re trying to project. If you need to step up you game in any circumstance, this might be one quick way to do it. Head over to Backing Up the Wrong Tree for the full interview and few more ideas.
Interview — Harvard/MIT Lecturer Olivia Fox Cabane teaches you how to be more charismatic [Barking Up the Wrong Tree]