It’s something that’s fairly hard to describe - you just know it when you see it. I think charisma and stage presence are related but not identical. As far as I know there is no way to practice stage presence other than to get onstage and do it! There may be one or two specific things you could practice at home, such as if you want to play guitar behind your back, but that’s more of a stunt than stage presence per se.
Personality and attitude are a couple things that contribute to stage presence. Good looks help, but aren’t necessary. The guys in KISS knew that and they painted their faces. They knew early on that what was important was to look like stars. They didn’t want to look like someone who just belonged in the audience. KISS definitely did not want to look ordinary. They realized people paid money to come see and hear something special and they were going to get one hell of a show when they came to see KISS!
Gene Simmons remarked that something strange happened once they first put their makeup on. Their mannerisms actually changed. They became more animated. They felt less inhibited than they used to feel. They seemed to have a very intuitive knowledge of stage presence and how to put on a great show as well as just playing good songs.
What do you think makes up what we call great “stage presence”? Who do you think are some bands that had great stage presence?