How to Get the X Factor

Whether you want to win a talent contest or just be more popular, developing an "X factor" can help. Here's how to boost your winsome ways.

You will need

  • Originality
  • Confidence
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Metaphors (optional)

Step 1 Know the definition Know what the X factor is — that elusive star quality that’s difficult to define because it’s a little different in everyone who possesses it.

Step 2 Be original Be original. You don’t get the X factor by copying other people’s style.

Step 3 Make others feel special Make others feel special. People who have that “certain something” can usually make whomever they’re talking with feel like a million bucks.

Step 4 Speak confidently Speak quickly; people who do are rated more charismatic than those who speak slowly. And get rid of filler speech such as “ums” and “you knows”; it undermines the confidence you want to project.

Step 5 Be fearless Be fearless. People with the X factor are not afraid to take risks — or to fail.

Step 6 Persevere Pursue your goals. Because who’s going to know you have the X factor if you don’t put it out there?