15 Ways to Create an Air
In the quest for power, looking
the part is half the battle. In
fact, every head of state has an
image consultant that tells him
how to dress, walk, talk, and behave
in public. They are meticulously
trained on how to cultivate that
certain air of power and importance.
It's a tried and true formula, which
I give you, right here.
crafting an image
For better or worse, we often judge
a person based on their appearance.
Therefore, if you carefully craft
your appearance to project an air
of power, few will question whether
or not you have it. Unless, of course,
you disobey the following principles.
1- Play hard to get
A powerful man is never easily accessible.
People must always go through his
assistants to reach him. Therefore,
always have someone else, such as
a secretary, screen your calls.
You can even screen calls yourself
with an answering machine. In fact,
never answer the phone. Always take
2- Hire an assistant
A powerful man always has an assistant
who takes care of his day-to-day
tasks (scheduling, callbacks, mail,
ticket and restaurant reservations,
memo writing, etc.). An assistant
gives you more time to deal with
important business matters, and
also catches the flak from complainers,
so you don't have to.
3- Have a busy schedule
A powerful man is never idle. He
has important matters to attend
to, and influential people to see.
He can't meet with everyone who
wants to see him.
Think of yourself as a classy restaurant
or a popular nightclub. Getting
in such places is supposed to be
difficult. Create artificial line-ups
and make people wait.
4- Attend important events
Power involves being present at
important functions. These include
tradeshows, conferences, dinners,
and seminars. Such events are good
places to network with other leading
men and to make your own status
known. For more of an effect, occasionally
send your assistant to fill in for
you and network on your behalf.
Make sure they're trustworthy.
5- Associate with powerful people
Who you know says a lot about who
you are, and powerful men know other
powerful men. Getting to know as
many CEOs, politicians, celebrities,
and media people as possible, if
even at a local level. These are
people who can do things for your
career that ordinary folks can't.
6- Be selective in your projects
A powerful man has a keen eye for
good ideas. He's picky about which
projects deserve of his attention.
Don't accept or be a part of every
new idea thrown your way. Show extreme
precaution in your endeavors.
7- Have a nice office
Your place of work must be fitting
for a man of power. Have a classy
desk (polished wood is ideal), leather
chairs, a modern lamp, and the latest
accessories. Hang your diplomas
and any pictures you've taken with
other powerful people. Keep the
artwork discreet and tasteful.
8- Wear fashionable clothes
You are what you wear. Suit yourself
up with the most formal and expensive
business attire you can afford.
Wear the perfect tie with the right
shirt and polished shoes.
And remember that good posture always
makes the garb look more impressive.
9- Drive a nice car
There's a reason cars are status
symbols. They are the mobile shells
of your personality, and therefore
should be good enough to transport
a man of your stature. For the truly
daring, have a chauffeur, always
on standby, drive you around in
a town car.
10- Master your tongue
There's a reason most windbags don't
become powerful. Their constant
prattle makes them highly undesirable.
By talking too much, they risk revealing
things they shouldn't. The more
concise your speech, the smarter
and more enigmatic you'll seem.
Also, be selective about whom you
talk to. Just don't cross that fine
line between confidence and arrogance.
11- Don't do the dirty work
In every business, government and
organization, there will inevitably
be some dirty work involved. Make
sure you don't get stuck doing it.
By keeping your hands clean, you'll
seem the height of civility.
12- Be bold in your actions
Uncertainty is one of the greatest
deterrents to power. Hesitation
and insecurity not only dull your
actions, they're highly visible.
Every decision, every word and every
action you execute must be done
without doubt. Believe in yourself,
and others will too.
13- Keep your cool
A powerful man is the master of
his emotions. He remains calm in
stressful situations and doesn't
let others upset him. Take nothing
Anger shows weakness of the ego,
and essentially tells the assailant
that he won. Let nothing bother
you (at last externally), and you'll
14- Be unpredictable
The routine is boring. Following
a pattern without fail shows an
unwillingness to be daring. You
should strive to be variable. Reinvent
yourself every once in a while,
or follow an action that people
would not expect of you (make sure
it's a good action). Being unpredictable
keeps people in suspense -- they
never know what's coming. Be a prototype,
not a stereotype.
15- Don't sweat it
Magicians are so fascinating because
we don't see how they perform their
tricks. The same applies in your
life. Your achievements should appear
natural, as if you didn't break
a sweat to do them. Magnify your
talents and seem almost superhuman
by effacing your toils from work.
Once you apply the principles above,
you'll notice a positive change
in people's reaction toward you.
They'll look at you and talk to
you differently. Power is like currency;
if people say it's valuable, then
A warning: like everything else,
power is a game of balance. You
must be careful not to seem arrogant
and presumptuous. Be friendly and
easygoing. It shows maturity and
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