Carl's The Sims 3 Charisma Guide: Learning the Skill
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This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.
Thankfully, there are enough ways to raise charisma in the The Sims 3 that it doesn't have to be boring. Three options are available to help raise the skill while mixing it up a bit. First, to those interested in making a Sim that masters the charisma skill, or makes many friends in the neighborhood, be sure to take the charismatic trait. If your Sim will someday want to complete all the charisma challenges, consider taking the good sense of humor trait because it will help with the joke-telling challenge. Jokes are also nice, quick actions you can use to move the friend bar in the right direction. In order to unlock the first level of Charisma, you should take a class, use a mirror to practice speech, or read a Charisma skill book. Talking to Sims will only advance the Charisma skill once you've unlocked the first level.
As it goes for every skill in the Sims 3, be sure to try and study charisma while your Sim is in a good mood, as it provides a boost to the learning rate. You can raise the skill much faster this way, and gain lifetime reward points while your Sim is reading his book, of course!
Take a Charisma Class
An easy way to break through to the first level of Charisma so that you can start automatically gaining skill levels by talking to Sims is to take a Charisma Class. Where? The government building in town. It usually costs $400.
Practice Speech in Mirrors
Using a Mirror (see the bathroom or bedroom tabs in buy mode), a Sim can practice talking and interacting with other Sims.
Talking to Other Sims
Talking to other Sims can raise charisma once you've unlocked level 1, but will not work from 0 to 1. I prefer a controlled pace of learning, like with the books at the library. The trouble with relying on having your Sims socialize to raise charisma is that you must constantly queue up actions. I am glad to say that people who elect to raise the skill by chatting will definitely keep up with the friends requirements of the charisma skill. It would be tedious to use only the chatterbox route, I fear.
To help with marathon talking or joke telling sessions, invite your target friend over and have a nice breakfast prepared. Yes, breakfast. They have no idea what they're getting in to. Make sure the guest's needs are met by doing this, and maybe watching some television. Your Sim can then assail them for the better part of a day with friendly blabber.
Talking to Mirrors
Your Sims can still talk to mirrors to raise charisma in the Sims 3. I don't care for this option so much. Find mirrors under the bathroom tab in build mode. You can use a cheap mirror to make your Sims talk to themselves, as the more expensive mirrors do not boost the ability to learn the skill. Since this method's speed seems on par with having your Sim socialize, I'd pick actually talking to other Sims rather than a mirror. You'll get the benefit of a Sim accomplishing two objectives at once.
Reading at the Library
This is the fastest way to raise the charisma skill. Sure, you can go out and waste money buying the charisma book (unless it's a wish!). Studying at the library will give your Sim the power study moodlet, which helps them raise the skill faster. Additionally, Bookworms will be able to push this even faster.
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