Firs the best part of this book - the title - great title!However... I ignored what many reviews said - but its true - this book constantly refers to the lessons - from the print version - but the audio or the website has no support for the lessons. So you are left with a big bag of lessons and points in every chapter to act on right away - ( the author attempts to guilt you into doing the lessons - and thats fine - IF the format of audio book took that into consideration.)Different formats need specific producers. You will hear over and over " just look at the lesson below and start now..." as you are driving down the highway. The reader read a verbate of the book - how she did this knowing the use of her reading seems beyond me. But thats a small irritant compared to the book in any form. I have found great inspiration and life changing movement from many 'self help' books. This is not one of them, It has every overused generalized cliche from feel your angel wings to strut like a general. And I lost count at 147 points you should try and use every day.. I needed a book of crib notes for the book.It respectfully has a few good points in chapter 8 - that should be THE CHARISMA LEAFLET. But I had to wade through HOURS and HOURS of superlative drivel to get there.Its unfair to ask Audible for a refund but I would love the author to personally write me a check for the cost of the book and the cost of my time.
IF the author goes back to square one, started from chapter 8, sticks to the topic and goes MUCH deeper, and more authentically and then cuts out ALL the self help 101 - i would consider it. But with a title like this and then to deliver the kitchen sink of beginners self help was very iratating .
It should not have occurred
Pain, disappointment etc., As my nephew said about a bad movie " Well thats ( in my case) 12 hours i'll never get back"
Please Audible - make sure the contents are specifically supported in the audio format, I have never written a negative review of a book here or on Amazon - but this book needs serious curation at many levels.
I have tried several of the "skill" type books and detested them. This was simple everyday stuff that I really enjoyed!
I had a disagreement with my director and actually utilized lessons from this book to better handle our interaction and it turned out very positive. The greatest part it was simple and remembering that a smile on your face goes a long way to project it in your voice.
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.
Yes, over and over, because it has so many techniques to learn how to be charismatic
Yes, but has so many information that I wouldn't recommended
Love her voice!!!
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to but the topic and stories can be dull. I have been listening in small doses and find it very helpful in day to day life and work.
This was a fascinating book with more real world exercises and tips than other books of this sort. Unfortunately I find the bookmarking on audible clumsy and going back yo reference things difficult. If this came with a pdf companion of the 'putting it into practice' sections I would have given it 5 stars.
science fiction writer
A must read.
It opened my eyes to not only the numerous charisma problems I have, but also the many strengths I had that I'd never recognized until now.
The book has a number of sections that deal with the way you speak, and so hearing those parts spoken is really helpful.
I very nearly listened to it all in one sitting. I managed it in two.
I found the content to be valuable, though a bit drawn-out for what it really was saying. I found many helpful tips and steps to take that I've already put into practice and am seeing some results. I am sure it will take a while before it becomes natural. I am out-going, but can come off cold and I needed something to help me figure out where I was going wrong.
I would compare the book to How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (a book I very much enjoyed). There were many parallels in the advice given by the authors. Carnegie's book offers many more examples while I felt that Cabane's book gave more details and was a bit more modern. Both have timeless advice, but if I were to suggest one over the other, it would be Carnegie's book.
Unfortunately, this is where the book really fell short the most. The narrator absolutely lacked charisma, of all things. I constantly found my mind wandering while she was reading and having to remind myself to come back to the "conversation." This is not a typical issue for me with audiobooks. It was so bad for me, that I found it ironic that she was reading the Charisma Myth. Her tone barely had any inflection, and definitely did not have a conversational tone to it. It felt like she was reading straight from the page. It is also my understanding that the author, Olivia Cabane is an accomplished speaker. I wonder why she did not choose to narrate her own publication?
No, not only is the narration long and boring, but the content does require some division and time to "digest" between topics.
With a different narrator, I may have been more impressed with this title. As stated, I did learn some new pointers...I was just underwhelmed with the presentation.
The narrator is reading very well, very clearly, and at top speed. She is reading quite literally and saying things like "try the exercises on the next page," and then zooms on, so that I find myself wondering what those exercises are. I don't think this book lends itself very well to the audible format. I am enjoying the content very much but wish the narrator would slow down once in a while (even just for emphasis) and possibly read in context, such as to follow up statements such as "try the exercises on the next page" followed by actually reading them. I'm not happy with the audible format for this book.
I enjoy listening to fantasy, some science fictions and have recently found myself enjoying the lecture audiobooks.
When I purchased this audiobook I wasn't exactly sure what would be taught, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've studied body language for quite some time and there is a decent amount of information on using body language techniques to improve your charisma here, which I greatly enjoyed. What I enjoyed even more however, was the techniques focused on improving the inner self and the information on different styles of charisma one can use when well practiced.
There is a con here, but it is only slight and may not effect everyone else as it did I. While the narrator, Lisa, did a fine job, there were a great many times that editing (at least I think it was editing) was inserted into a sentence that sounded quite different from the normal voice. It may have been the same narrator being edited in after the fact, but it was enough to be a bit irritating and jarring for me.
With that small con aside, I will say that there is a lot of potentially useful information, a lot of which is practicable in the daily life. If even a fraction of it makes one more charismatic and confident then it is worth it. I think that eventually I will be going back through this audiobook again, due to all of the information.
4.5 out of 5 for me.