Charisma is a trait many believe to be the most important when networking and meeting new people. Charisma is difficult to measure or definably describe but we all know what it is like to meet someone with charisma; they are tuned in to you, make you feel like you are the only person in the room, and bring a fuzzy feeling to your belly. These are people we tend to remember over others.
A common misconception is that if you are not born with charisma you can never be charismatic. This is false. Ask yourself what is a charismatic person doing when they talk to you? Are they on their phone or wandering their eyes about? Or are they maintaining eye contact and focused on what you are saying? They biggest key elements to building charisma are to be present with your person while supporting with confidence. A few reinforcing factors to being present are eye contact, empathizing, and smiling. A smile can go a long way with meeting someone and if you make them smile or even laugh it is safe to say this person will remember your interaction. None of this should be an act; sincerity is the make or break factor. If your person does not feel that you are genuine, they won’t recognize you as charismatic.
These are tools that can be used to augment or build charisma. Remember to be sincere, to be present, and to be happy when conversing; but finally, remember to always be yourself.