Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Olivia Fox Cabane is a management consultant, a sketchy profession that is loved, hated, and feared by organizations. The profession is loved because it offers opportunity for objective assessment of management strengths and weaknesses. An outside consultant offers newly hired leaders an expedited assessment of an organization’s management quality. It is hated because expense is often greater than benefit. Internal organization leaders abdicate part of their responsibility by hiring outside consultants.
Consultants have no skin in the game. Consultants make recommendations and then leave. They leave uncertainty in their wake because managers fear losing their jobs based on outsider assessment.
However, Cabane’s book, “The Charisma Myth” is a refreshing and encouraging dissection of the best that consultants can offer struggling managers. Though considerably more focused than consulting work done by management development gurus like Peter Drucker, Cabane is a life line to struggling managers that underestimate and under-utilize their innate abilities. Cabane avoids clichés and speaks directly and clearly to all human beings that wish to be leaders and/or good managers.
I would try other books from the author, not the narrator
Several good practical tips in the first couple of chapters to increase inner confidence and how to translate it into charisma
While professional and easy to understand, she is ironically not very engaging or charismatic. I find my mind wandering and getting bored so that I have to keep backing up and trying to listen again. I'm actually going to get the book and not even finish the audio
It's a good compilation of the research related to the elements that form charisma. The examples are very clear and the exercises helpful.
The performer does a nice job reading, but she sounds more like an excited grad student than a credible expert in her field. I had to keep reminding myself that she wasn't the author in order to keep listening. The production is annoying, with extremely noticeable edits and significant variances in volume.
That many of our "gut feelings" actually have their roots in our evolution - and discomfort should not be feared.
Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!
Yes. This book is loaded with valuable information for anyone that wants to be secure about themselves.
Everything. This book builds you to be the proffesional you want to be.
Clear pronouncation and proffesional demeanor.
Yes and no. Too much to absorb in one setting however the ah ha moments never stop so it's hard to sit this book down.
This is the best book I've ever had. It combines professional tips along with science. So many tips on tricking your brain to perform how you need it to perform to appear competent and accomplish your goals. Buy this book TODAY it isn't an option! Unless, you want to remain a little fish in the big pond.
Already have. The narrator had a good voice.
Not an extreme reaction, but I worked some of these theories into my everyday life.
Growing up in the household of a Baptist minister I had witnessed many newly ordained ministers begin their trial sermons stumbling, loosing track of their thoughts, and standing in only one spot through out their entire delivery, become this fireball energetic orator that walked down the aisles looking people in the eye, touching some on the shoulders as he passed by while instinctively exciting others to jump out of their seats and yell hallelujah; all within less than a years time. So yes, these skills can definitely be taught and mastered. The ministers I grew up around were also taught to move between the three phases of charisma mentioned in the book depending on the given situation they were faced with: from friendly charisma when greeting new people, to authoritative when heading a church auxiliary meeting, to sympathetic while conducting a counseling session. They for the most part were taught through the guidance and tutorship of the more experienced senior pastors. Not only them, but members of the congregation such as myself have had the privilege of learning these valuable skills just by watching them.
Because of this I for one have never had a problem with public speaking, even going so far as to comfortably ad lib my words when spontaneously called to the front of a room or group. So yes, the methods in this book can definitely be taught to most anyone.
Prior to this book I listened to another audiobook that spoke on another type of personal characteristic titled: "The Introvert Advantage," by Marti Olsen Laney, which shed a positive light on the characteristics and traits of socially Introverted people. Coupled together with this book even the inwardly projected introvert could learn to work the room or audience with ease.
This book presents a plethora of useful tools which can be used to become more charismatic. I had to listen it to twice to absorb everything, I could relate to the concepts talked about in this book with some of the charismatic people that I know and to know that these concepts can be learned and practiced is a great motivating force.
Basically all Ms Cabane says in this book is that other people can sense your internal state. For example, if you can get yourself into a confident frame of mind, you will appear confident. She gives a few tips and tricks for body language but barely skims the surface of what is a very useful tool in manipulating people's perceptions. All in all, I didn't think it was worth the listen, and I don't recommend it.
Say something about yourself!
I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their people skills, and understanding a bit more about human nature and interaction.
Loved the book and will listen to it again, great buy.
The presentation is logical and easy to follow. It answers many of the questions many of us have but do not know where to go to find the answers.
There are no characters in this book.
The rate of speech is excellent. It is easy to listen to and comprehend.
I learned so much from this book and would highly recommend it.