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Some people are more successful than others for reasons that have little to do with ability, training, education or intellectual capacity. In many cases, the distinguishing factor is charisma. This is an intangible quality, one that Merriam-Webster defines as “a special magnetic charm or appeal.” Author Kurt W. Mortensen says it translates into the ability to attract “instant attention” and somehow get everyone you know to do almost anything for you. Not the typical image of an IT worker, but still. Mortensen's book, The Laws of Charisma: How to Captivate, Inspire, and Influence for Maximum Success (Amacom/available now), lists qualities that anyone can cultivate to boost their charisma factor. Beyond the frequently cited factors – such as confidence, presence and even good looks – Mortensen focuses on less-obvious and more substantive traits that can significantly boost one's personal appeal. Mortensen is a consultant and trainer and author of another book, Maximum Influence and Persuasion IQ. For more about Laws of Charisma, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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