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5 Things YouTube Star PewDiePie Can Teach You About Charisma

5 Things YouTube Star PewDiePie Can Teach You About Charisma

Hot dog vendor-turned-professional YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a. PewDiePie, has shattered expectations of what YouTube channels can do.

Since 2010, PewDiePie has been posting livestreams of his video gaming and has been developing an expansive fanbase. In 2013 his channel had the most subscribers on YouTube and today his account boasts 46 million.

Despite the relatively niche genre PewDiePie’s videos belong to, the Swedish internet sensation has managed to win the hearts of people worldwide due to his engaging personality and friendly demeanor. PewDiePie’s charisma is the key to his success, and from the YouTube star, you too can learn how to be charismatic and successful.

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1. Have Self-Confidence

YouTube is a brutal place, and PewDiePie has addressed the culture in the past. Despite the vulnerability that internet fame can make you, PewDiePie remains unperturbed and eager to continue releasing videos.

In a video of his titled “Things I Wish I Knew“, he says, “Accept yourself for who you are. Being different is not a bad thing. It’s a great thing.” That attitude is critical for charisma. Learning how to bolster your own self-esteem means you don’t rely on outside praise to feel satisfied. A charismatic person doesn’t need an audience to feel good about themselves. People gravitate towards the confident. If you think you’re amazing, they’ll sense it.

2. Be Sociable

PewDiePie is generally considered a sweetheart. A bit foul-mouthed on occasion, true, but kind-hearted. He maintains an active relationship with his followers, who he refers to as his “bros”. His outgoing personality charms most viewers while he delivers video game reviews, similar to this example, live to his audience.

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Engaging with people makes them feel important and worthy of attention; and that makes them fond of you in turn. Don’t let shyness clam you up: speak out and interact. The more relationships you build, the stronger your presence will be.

3. Be Sociable

Part of PewDiePie’s success comes from his prolific nature. He’s had his channel for six years and continues to post actively and create content. People don’t get bored waiting for him to come back. His effort shows in his success.

That kind of work ethic pays off. People notice and they respect it. Hard work makes you seem capable, which impresses people. In today’s day and age, labor is not just a means for making a living, but a primary purpose for life—and a hard worker is appreciated.

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4. Value fairness and stick to your morals

In April, PewDiePie released a video apologizing for previous offensive remarks. He criticized his older work for pejoratives and insults against minorities and vowed to stop using them.

The YouTube star received some backlash over the video, but his subscriber numbers have continued to grow without any sign of slowing down.

PewDiePie’s behavior indicates a strong sense of character. Someone who expresses fair values and indicates an interest in their impact on others leaves a positive impression. Let your actions speak for your morals and character.

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5. Be open

PewDiePie’s internet fame comes in part from his unique and energetic personality, but the Swedish vlogger says that it’s not an act. “PewDiePie is kind of like the guy you meet… if I’m with my closest friends. It’s kind of strange that I’m opening up that guy for 40 million people for some reason,” he said to CBS.

Faking charisma or charm doesn’t work. It’s transparent. Opening yourself up to an audience creates an impression of a strong bond, even between two strangers. It’s the key to PewDiePie’s charisma and it’s the most important quality of a charismatic person. Open yourself up to people; don’t be fake.

The YouTube star is a marvelous example of what a charming personality can achieve, even if his interests are niche. A charismatic personality draws attention. Take note of PewDiePie’s personality and try to incorporate some of his traits into your life.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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